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

  • SANGHA the name of the Buddhist community. This term may be used to refer to a religious fraternity as a whole.
  • KHADAK a ritual long scarf, one of Buddhist symbols. Symbol of hospitality, purity and unselfishness of the giver, a sign of friendly and welcoming attitude ...
  • DUGAN Buddhist temple. A dugan (or sume) dedicated to specific deities. One DATSAN can include one or up to 15 temples-DUGANs.
  • 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...