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

  • ALTARGANA - goldenrod. Inconspicuous, humble plant with small leaves and yellow flowers, was a resounding name from the golden color of its bark. Strong root system...
  • DZHAMSARAN (var: Zhamsaran) - pre-Buddhist Tibetan and Mongolian god of war. He was inducted into the pantheon of wrathful (or enraged) deities by...
  • SAGAALGAN the most solemn and important holiday of Mongolian people, the beginning of spring and New Year's Mongolian lunar-solar calendar.
  • EKHOR Buryat folk circle dance similar to Russian khorovod. It is a group dance, where people move holding hands, swaying and singing, making at the same ti...
  • NERPA fresh-water seal, one of the three species of freshwater seals in the world, endemic to Lake Baikal. A lot of seals lay on the shores of Ushkanyi Isla...