Alexandra Sangadzhieva, Family Relics
Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge
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Terbish, B. (2018). Alexandra Sangadzhieva, Family Relics [Video file]. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.42542
Alexandra talks about the Diamond Sutra that she inherited from her great grandmother. The sutra was kept by Alexandra’s mother upon whose death it was given to Alexandra’s brother. Since he and his wife were keen on alcohol, and therefore could not look after the sutra properly, Alexandra decided to take it to a temple to have it purified. At the temple she was told that she could keep the sutra herself. For her son, who will eventually inherit the sutra, Alexandra consecrated a statue of Buddha and sent it via his friend to Moscow. The friend arrived in Moscow safe and sound. After he handed the statue over to the recipient and returned to his car, he found one of the wheels had gone flat. Alexandra interprets this story as follows. The statue must have protected the driver all the way to Moscow keeping the wheel pumped up.
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This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.42542