Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (FAMILY RELICS, INHERITED SKILLS AND GIFTS)

Created: 2014-09-20 12:13
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: People with unusual skills and gifts are often described in Kalmykia using the following expressions: ‘he/she is repeating his/her clan’ (tohman durajana), ‘characteristics of his/her clan is showing up’ (tohmn’ tachana), or ‘he/she is keeping up with his/her clan’ (tohmar kooh). As these expressions show, traditionally it is believed that skills and gifts are inherited along clan lines. It is also acknowledged that various skills – for example, singing, dancing, craftsmanship etc. – do not appear immediately, but have to be taught or awakened. Sometimes inherited skills, especially those possessed by folk healers or medlegchis, have to be ‘teased out’ with the help of special rituals. These skills include bone-setting, healing, fortune-telling, and interpreting dreams.
Objects inherited from parents, grandparents, relatives, or spiritual teachers are not only cherished as memories of these figures, but are also believed to possess magical powers. In particular religious objects, such as sutras, statues, and healing implements, are often kept in the most sacred place in the house – on the domestic altar.
 

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About Inherited Skills

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This video features stories of three Kalmyk women, namely Ekaterina Dorzhieva, Anna Antonova, and Galina Tikeeva.

Ekaterina’s mother was an accomplished singer. Ekaterina’s...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (FAMILY RELICS, INHERITED SKILLS AND GIFTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 23 Apr 2015


Andrei Boldyrev, About Inherited Skills and Objects

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Andrei’s father was a monk who cured both sick children and adults, although Andrei himself cures only children and women who recently gave birth. He also purifies cattle barns....

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (FAMILY RELICS, INHERITED SKILLS AND GIFTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 21 Mar 2017


Sanal Byurchiev, About the Family Altar and Relics

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Sanal shows us his domestic altar. He puts deezh (tea and food offerings) on the altar every morning. Among many religious objects on his altar, the statue of the Buddha of the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (FAMILY RELICS, INHERITED SKILLS AND GIFTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 20 May 2015