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

  • ARKHI Mongolian vodka made from cow's milk named also "tarasun" of 15-18°. Europeans called this drink "tricky water" because it tas...
  • BOOVY cookies “for family and friends”. These cakes, deep fried, are usually cooked at monasteries for long datsans service and holidays. Nowadays BOOVY is ...
  • 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...
  • TAYLAGAN shamanic ritual
  • KHUVARAK a person who wants to become a monk, usually a teenager studying in a monastery and serving senior lamas.