Interesting facts

  • - ARSHANS

    - Healing springs
    Baikal region is rich with mineral springs. They vary in water quality, location and temperature but one thing is common – people treat them as sacred places.

  • - BURKHAN-BARISAN

    In some places of Baikal region one can see coins on the ground, scraps and strips on trees and, as a less pleasant thing, empty vodka bottles... These are attributes of Burkhan-barisan rite, when the traveller makes offerings to the “road spirits” no matter what his religion or nationality is.

  • - KHADAK

    Zalaa, or khadak (dzalakha) is a tape of silk or any other fabric which is given to guests or spirits-protectors as a sign of respect and friendship.

  • - WHITE FOOD

    White food or dairy products are a must-have to welcome guests. They symbolize purity, prosperity, good intentions. It is also considered to be a good offering to gods, so in temples one can always see packs of milk, butter, candies or cookies of white colour.

Vocabulary

  • KHURAL worship/service in Buddhism
  • DUGAN Buddhist temple. A dugan (or sume) dedicated to specific deities. One DATSAN can include one or up to 15 temples-DUGANs.
  • SHARBIN Buryat tortillas with minced mutton.
  • ITIGELOV XII Pandito-Khambo Lama Dashi- Dorzho Itigelov (1852 (?) -1927) - Buryat religious figure, one of the great Buddhist monks of the XX c...
  • KAMLANIE a shamanistic ritual that connected shaman with other worlds – Under or Upper. The word is derived from the Turkic «kam» - a wizard, sorcerer, soothsa...