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Maria Pozharova, incantations, signs and prohibitions

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Terbish, Baasanjav 


Maria says that every whirlwind has a shulm (evil spirit) sitting in the middle and spinning the wind around. When a whirlwind passes near you, throw a knife and sprinkle water into it, while saying the following incantation: ‘Shulm, shulm where are you going to? Don’t come to us!’ Hair that falls during combing should be destroyed in a fire. Otherwise, ‘dogam’ spirits may use the lost hair to influence the person to whom the hair locks belonged. Old clothes should be also disposed of by burning.



Whirlwind, spirit, ritual, incantation, hair, fire, old clothes

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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