Traveller's 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...
  • 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...
  • ARBIN horse fat, traditional Buryat speciality served with deep frozen horse liver and salt.
  • ARKHI Mongolian vodka made from cow's milk named also "tarasun" of 15-18°. Europeans called this drink "tricky water" because it tas...
  • ARSHAN healing water (Buryat). This word comes from the Sanskrit "rashiani" - the nectar, the drink of the gods. Local people also call “ar...
  • ATLAS of Tibetan medicine “Atlas of Tibetan Medicine - Blue Beryl” by Desi Sangye Gyatso
    An excellent illustrated commentary on Zhood-shee, established in the 17th century by ...
  • BAIKAL (bur. Baigal Dalai, Baigal Nuur) - lake of tectonic origin in the southern part of Eastern Siberia, the deepest lake in the world and largest ...
  • 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...
  • BOORKHAN Buddhist idol, an image of Saint; a sacred place where people come to pray and bring offerings like candies, rice, coins, pieces of cloth etc.
  • BOOVY cookies “for family and friends”. These cakes, deep fried, are usually cooked at monasteries for long datsans service and holidays. Nowadays BOOVY is ...
  • BOOZY traditional Buryat dish, minced (or chopped) meat wrapped in dough and steamed. Nowadays BOOZY are extremely popular and cooked in almost every...
  • CIRCUM BAIKAL RAILROAD historical railway in Irkutsk region of Russia, in the past - part of the Trans-Siberian Railway (Transsib), a unique monument of engineering,...
  • DATSAN (Mong. from Tibet. Datsan - "faculty") - Buddhist monastery in Baikal region. Originally Buddhist monasteries  in Buryatia...
  • DUGAN Buddhist temple. A dugan (or sume) dedicated to specific deities. One DATSAN can include one or up to 15 temples-DUGANs.
  • DUGZHUUBA a typical rite of Oriental New Year, which is held on the Eve (30 - th of the 12 - th lunar month). This spiritual rite is supposed to clean t...
  • DZHAMSARAN (var: Zhamsaran) - pre-Buddhist Tibetan and Mongolian god of war. He was inducted into the pantheon of wrathful (or enraged) deities by...
  • 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...
  • GESER (Gesar, Geser Khan) - a character of Buryat-Mongolian mythology, as well as of a number of Turkic nations (Salar, yellow Uygurs, Tuva, Kaz...
  • 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...
  • HUNS’ SETTLEMENT northern capital of the ancient Xiongnu state, it is a monument of federal importance and de facto part of the city limits of Ulan-Ude. It has always ...

Vocabulary

  • OMUL endemic fish of Lake Baikal that belongs to whitefish class.
  • KHAMBO LAMA the abbot of the monastery. Title of the spiritual leader of Buddhism in Russia.
  • ARSHAN healing water (Buryat). This word comes from the Sanskrit "rashiani" - the nectar, the drink of the gods. Local people also call “ar...
  • 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.