International Journal of Transpersonal Studies


Khoomei is a Tuvan Siberian shamanic practice involving overtone throat singing.

One hundred eighty-one Western participants completed questionnaires after

attending Khoomei seminars, asking about the following: motivation of people to

learn shamanic throat singing; self-perception at the levels of body, energy, and mind

before-and-after the seminar; feelings and sensations from practicing throat singing;

transpersonal experience during throat singing; experience of inner vibrations from

listening to the singing; and general state and feelings after seminar. In general,

most participants reported many benefits from attending the seminars, although a

few reported mild negative effects (e.g., dizziness and sadness). Of particular interest

are the many transpersonal experiences reported (e.g., freedom from body limits and

extending mind limits).

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