Worship of Land
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Churyumov, A., & Babaev, A. (2016). Worship of Land [Video file]. https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/270761
The ritual shown in this video was performed in a sacred place with a single poplar tree which is situated near the village of Khar-Buluk. In the beginning of the video, the Head Lama of Kalmykia, Telo Tulku Rinpoche, welcomes all who are present. He tells the people the following:'A ritual of gazr tyaklgn (worship of land) has already been performed twice in this sacred place. The single poplar tree here is more than a hundred years old. There is also a spring nearby which has medicinal water. For many years people have been praying and performing rituals near this tree. There are eight stupas erected in this place. In this special place, we decided to perform the ritual of gal tyaklgn during the month of Ur Sar in May. This ritual consists of offering scents to all deities and defenders of Buddhism. Prayers that will be read include a prayer of refuge and calling of all deities to this place. During these prayers it is important that all visualize that deities are indeed present here among us and ask these deities for blessings. Mentally, all can ask these deities that they bless this land as well. All people present here should think that they came here to accumulate merit. The ritual will be followed by a concert and Kalmyk food (including milk tea and biscuits). This year the Central Temple in Elista has done a lot of activities, including competitions in Kalmyk language and Buddhist philosophy, a campaign called Tsagan Sedkl (White Soul) that helped 55 families in financial difficulty. During Ur Sar, many people take a vow to abstain from alcohol. The taking of such vows started four years ago. In the first year 40 people took this vow. The number of people taking this vow has been growing from year to year and this year it stands at 120. We need to pray for our future and thank our older generation. Before the start of the ritual, people should create inside themselves the right motivation and pure thoughts. All know the mantra 'Om mani padme khum'. Please read this mantra as often as you can and visualize Buddhas and bodhisattvas'.Afterwards the head of the Tselinnyi rayon and that of the village of Khar-Buluk congratulate the people on the ritual. The lamas chant prayers. Then a fire is set alight and food offerings are put on it. All people utter well wishes. After the ritual, a concert begins where people sing, dance and enjoy Kalmyk tea and biscuits.
ritual, Khar-Buluk, gazr tyaklgn, gal tyaklgn, mantra, tree, worship, land
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.17731