Ubush Darzhinov, Ghost Stories, Shamanism and Cleansing Rituals
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. Ubush himself did not experience a similar occurrence, but admits that many remote, uninhabited places may be haunted. He also heard of one derelict building in Elista believed to be haunted by spirits. Ubush’s grandmother had an ability to bring the rain. She used to go to the steppe with other women to pray. After prayers it usually rained. In order to cleanse themselves Kalmyks wash their hands with water and milk. This ritual is performed especially after funerals.