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

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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


Bulgun Okonova, Family Relics and Inherited Objects

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In this interview Bulgun shows and talks about relics and objects that stay in her family. These objects include a blanket, a carpet, a buckle, a belt, a scabbard, a cup, a...

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

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 30 Apr 2015


Dzhemma Sharaeva, About Inherited Skills

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Dzhemma says that the ability to sing, dance and play on musical instruments are inherent skills.

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

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 1 Aug 2017


Galina Goryaeva, The Diamond Sutra, a Coin, and How to Look After a Buddha’s Image

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Galina talks about the Diamond Sutra that she keeps in her house, a coin that she heals sick children with, and about the significance of keeping a picture/statue of a Buddha at...

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

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sat 3 Mar 2018


Maria Lidzhigoryaeva, About the Diamond Sutra, a Rosary, and a Temple in Tsagan-Aman

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Maria talks about the Diamond Sutra that was believed to be protecting her family and clan. When they lost the sutra, her family substituted it with a rosary. Maria also relays a...

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

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Mar 2018


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


Tatyana Boskhomdzhieva, The Diamond Sutra

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Tatyana shows a book, the Diamond Sutra, that she inherited from her grandparents. The sutra is old and written in Tibetan. It is wrapped in green and red cloths. Tatyana says she...

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

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Mar 2018


Zurgan Lidzhieva, About a Maple Bowl

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Zurgan bemoans the loss of a maple bowl that belonged to her paternal grandmother.

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

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Mar 2018