Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

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Created: 2014-08-29 14:34
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: In the pre-revolutionary period there were more than 150 Buddhist temples that served the needs of almost every Kalmyk clan and settlement. However, during the anti-religious purges of the 1930s, all of them were destroyed, except for the Khosheutovskiy temple, which survived partly. It was not until 1989 that the first prayer house was opened on Gerasimenko street in Elista following the establishment of a Buddhist community. The first Buddhist temple Geden Sheddup Choikorling (locally known as Sakyusn Sume) was opened in 1996 on the outskirts of Elista, which marked the beginning of a period of active construction of religious buildings across Kalmykia. In 2005 Burkhan Bugshin Altan Sume (known as Central Khurul), the biggest temple not only in Kalmykia but in Europe, was opened in the centre of the capital city. Today Buddhist structures such as temples, prayer houses and stupas can be found in all settlements across Kalmykia. Among them, stupas present an interesting case. Not only are they built in large numbers in villages and around temples, but they also mark the places of destroyed temples and other sacred locations. The construction of stupas is usually initiated by Kalmyk clans (in such cases stupas are built in ancestral places in memory of ancestors) or representatives of Buddhist communities (in memory of famous lamas, legendary rulers, destroyed temples or notable historical events).

In this collection, you can see videos and listen to stories about religious buildings of the past and the present.
 

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About the Bogdakhin Temple

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The video features two narrators, Lyudmila Sarangova and Al’mira Erendzhenova who talk about the Bogdakhin temple. Destroyed in 1929, the temple was rebuilt in 1991. It is...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 23 Apr 2015


Alexandr Nasakaev, About a Place Called Chapchachi in Yashkul'skiy rayon

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Alexandr participated in the construction of a small prayer house in Chapchachi not far from the village of Chilgir. This place is where Kogshn bagshi, a Buddhist monk, was...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 15 Jun 2015


Batyr Elistaev, About the Bogdo Dalai Lamyn Rashi Lunpo Temple

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Batyr talks about the Bogdo Dalai Lamyn Rashi Lunpo Temple in Orgakin also known as the Orgakin Temple.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 15 Jun 2015


Batyr Elistaev, Stupas

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Batyr says that in the territory of the Orgakin Temple there are eight stupas dedicated to the Buddha Shakyamuni, each marking a certain period of life or certain miraculous deeds...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 15 Jun 2015


Elza Badaeva, About Temples in the Past

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Elza talks about two temples, namely Khosheutovskiy and Anzhatn.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 20 Dec 2018


Galina Yavanova, About the Bogdakhin Temple

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Galina talks about the Bogdakhin Temple, including who built it and how it is maintained.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 25 Sep 2015


Keemia Orlova, About Clan Temples and Rituals

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Keemia says that in the past several khotons (nomadic units consisting of several yurts) would unite and have their own temples. In the past Keemia’s clan used the Sharbagudovskiy...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 26 Feb 2017


Khargchin Koldzhieva, About a Temple in Iki-Bukhus

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Khargchin reminisces about a temple that she went to when she was a small girl.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 9 Feb 2017


Maria Lidzhigoryaeva, About a Temple in Tsagan-Aman Village

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Maria says that a temple that stood in Tsagan-Aman in the past was built by a Kalmyk lama who had bought the land from a Russian man with the purpose of building a Buddhist temple...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TEMPLES, STUPAS AND SACRED PLACES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 14 Jun 2016


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