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

  • SHANGI Russian dish, round cakes open, the name of a special kind of bread made with yeast rye, rye-wheat and wheat dough, mix of mutton or beef fat.
    Shangi ...
  • BOOKHLER simple soup with a large piece of meat on the bone and potatoes ; very nutritional and extremely popular. Local people prefer to add salt and black pe...
  • GOOROO a rite, moving clockwise around a sacred place, turning prayer-wheels and praying. Monks say that this rite purifies your karma and multiplies your go...
  • ARBIN horse fat, traditional Buryat speciality served with deep frozen horse liver and salt.
  • SAGAALGAN the most solemn and important holiday of Mongolian people, the beginning of spring and New Year's Mongolian lunar-solar calendar.