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Maria Erendzhenova, About traditional holidays

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Terbish, Baasanjav 


Maria says that during Urs Sar people offer their gods various products including milk, butter and biscuits. If one is far away from home, that person can do a simplified ritual: Milk has to be poured around oneself, whilst butter and biscuits are to be given to animals and birds. During Tsagan Sar Kalmyks make biscuits in various shapes resembling the sun, sheep, birds etc. During Zul people perform a ritual to prolong their lives. Women add a year to their age during Zul, whereas men do so following Zul during the celebration of Zhilin Ezn (Master of the Year).



Urs Sar, rituals

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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