Batyr Elistaev, A Morning Prayer

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Seleeva, Tsagan 
Okonov, Andzhur 

Lama Batyr explains that a morning practice called sang is connected with the worship of the lineage of Buddhist teachers. It is performed early in the morning and has two aims – to cleanse oneself and offer scents to gods.In the video Batyr performs a sang ritual. His scent offerings include incenses, consecrated pills, sandalwood resin, and seeds of white mustard that are then set alight. Another ingredient included in the offering is vodka. A more elaborate sang offering, Batyr says, can be done by setting a fire and putting on it the following ingredients: several kinds of seeds, liquid butter, sweets, incenses, and dried cow dung. The recipients of this offering are spiritual protectors. The ritual is accompanied by drums and tsang instruments.

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