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

  • AARSA a product of the distillation of milk. Aarsa is very warming so people tried to make it for winter savings.  Sometimes they boil a little of...
  • KHURAL worship/service in Buddhism
  • ZURKHAY horoscope of nomads, which is actually a study of the relationship of space, celestial bodies, nature and man - handed down from generation to generat...
  • SAGAALGAN the most solemn and important holiday of Mongolian people, the beginning of spring and New Year's Mongolian lunar-solar calendar.
  • SARMA wind blowing in the middle of the lake. Is the most powerful winds of Lake Baikal. On average, in November, Sarma follows 10 days in December - 13. Us...