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    • Ekaterina Boldyreva, About the Tsagan Aav 

      Churyumova, Elvira; Churyumov, Anton (2017-01-16)
      Ekaterina says that she has a picture of Tsagan Aav depicted as a standing sage (as opposed to a sitting one). From her friend she heard that Tsagan Aav comes to the dreams of those people who work on land. Ekaterina shares ...
    • Elza Badaeva, About Okn Tengri, Goddess of Fire 

      Kovaeva, Bair (2016-02-09)
      For the sake of all humans, it is said, the goddess Okn Tengri sacrificed herself to a monster. She became pregnant by the monster and bore him a baby boy. Then she killed the monster by opening an iron chest that housed ...
    • Gerel Shakeeva, About Medlegchi 

      Churyumov, Anton (2016-09-30)
      When in Kalmykia Gerel often went to see folk healers, bone-setters and diviners. On one occasion she was taken to a folk healer by her mother. The reason for this was as follows. One evening when at home Gerel heard a ...
    • Keemia Orlova, About Tsagan Aav 

      Churyumov, Anton (2017-02-26)
      Tsagan Aav is the protector of all Kalmyks, irrespective of their clan affiliation. Usually he is depicted in a white robe holding a stick. There is a sutra about how the Buddha Shakyamuni met Tsagan Aav. According to the ...
    • Maria Lidzhigoryaeva, How My Father Told Fortunes 

      Kornyakova, Saglara (2016-08-11)
      Maria’s father did divination with sticks. He cut sticks into a trihedral in shape and made cuts on them. On his sticks he predicted that Maria’s uncle, who was a soldier in the Red Army, would return home from World War ...
    • Oleg Mandzhiev, About the Tsagan Aav 

      Churyumov, Anton (2016-10-10)
      Oleg relays a story about how he saw Tsagan Aav in his youth. It happened in the Soviet period. Oleg worked at an editorial office in Elista. One night he could not sleep well and woke up early in the morning. He went out ...
    • Purvya Volod'kina, About Spiritual Masters of Places 

      Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
      In this interview Purvya talks about spiritual masters of lands and ghosts. Purvya: In our land we have a hill called Kerm Tolga where malevolent forces reside. Many years ago, it was a very rich hill, but was robbed later. ...
    • Sanan Matvenov, About the Tsagan Aav 

      Churyumov, Anton (2016-07-19)
      Sanan says that enlightened beings exist that do not have bad thoughts in their minds or in their souls. There also exist gazryn ezn (spiritual masters of locality) who are not enlightened beings and as such are not regarded ...
    • Sangadzhi Kononov, About Amnya Dolig (Substitute Rituals) 

      Churyumov, Anton; Kovaeva, Bair (2016-12-23)
      The Kalmyk word for life or soul is amn’. Amnya dolig refers to two different rituals. Ritual One. It is performed when one wants to grant life to a living being which is doomed to death. These include fish, birds (chicken ...
    • Sangadzhi Kononov, About Shamanism 

      Churyumov, Anton; Kovaeva, Bair (2016-12-23)
      Sangadzhi says that folk healers (medlegchi) should be differentiated from shamans. In Kalmykia, what doesn’t belong to Buddhism is lumped together under the title of shamanism. According to Sangadzhi, shamans are those ...
    • Sangadzhi Kononov, About Shulmus (Evil Spirits) 

      Churyumov, Anton; Kovaeva, Bair (2016-12-23)
      Sangadzhi says that the forces of evil and good are constantly fighting over human souls. All temptations, desires and the bad come from evil spirits called shulmus. That is why it is important to resist temptations, envy, ...
    • Sangadzhi Kononov, About the Spiritual Masters of Localities and Deities-Protectors 

      Churyumov, Anton; Kovaeva, Bair (2016-12-23)
      The spiritual masters of localities (i.e. hills, trees, water sources, etc.) can take any animal form, including that of snakes, birds and so on. They may either help or harm people. One day when Sangadzhi was performing ...
    • Ubush Darzhinov, Ghost Stories, Shamanism and Cleansing Rituals 

      Churyumov, Anton (2017-03-25)
      Ubush heard this story from his uncle. One day his uncle was travelling in the steppe and got lost. He came across a well but no matter how hard he tried he could not get away from the well. Something was pulling him back. ...
    • Viktoria Mukobenova, About the Master of the Year 

      Kovaeva, Bair (2017-08-04)
      One day a rather strange thing happened in the village where Viktoria is originally from. A young Kalmyk man saw a horse gallop straight into his yard. Without a second thought, the man took the horse and tried to domesticate ...