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Viktor Mandzhiev, about animals offered to gods

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Terbish, Baasanjav 


Viktor talks about a goat in his native village that was used during rituals: We had a goat in our village. In the spring it was used during rituals. All the villagers gathered near a willow in a certain place to conduct gal tyalg (fire ritual) and a ritual of substitution. The goat would be released into the water. Behind it we released a raft laden with offerings, including candles, coins etc. The goat would reach the other bank and get out of the water. Offered to deities, that goat walked freely around the village and could go into anyone’s yard. In winter, we all fed it with hay. Apart from that goat, we had a bull that all the villagers fed together.



Village, ritual, water, goat

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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