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Maria Dordzhieva, About My Ancestors, Clan Deities and Sutras

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Terbish, Baasanjav 
Churyumova, Elvira 


Maria talks about religious practitioners among her ancestors, her clan protectors (deities) and inherited sutras. My paternal grandmother read prayers by looking at the moon. Ur Sar is celebrated in May (when it gets warm in Kalmykia and mosquitoes come out to bite the livestock). Even in Siberia we celebrated it in May, although it was very cold. On this day people remember their deceased parents, relatives and siblings. The most important Buddha is Tsongkapa. Let this deity always shine over our heads. The deity protector of the Orgakin Temple is Ochir Vaani. We also have Okn Tengr, also known as Tavn Tengr burkhn (Five Skies Buddha). I have two sutras. Lamas ask me to give these sutras to them, but I give them to no one, because I do not know whom to trust. Today there are so many people, both men and women, who are religious fanatics. My grandfather’s brother was a lama. Since he did not have children, he left us his sutra. He told us to keep it in purity, use it ourselves and not to give it to anyone else. The other sutra that I have, came from my mother-in-law. In the past, there were practically no Buzavas. There were only people who were descendants of the three brothers, namely the Ik Derbet, Torghut and Bag Derbet.



religious practitioners, sutras, relics, clan protectors

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