Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

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Created: 2015-02-07 19:01
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: Methods employed by folk healers are varied and eclectic, consisting of herbalism, medicinal diet advocacy, massage, magical objects, as well as shamanic and Buddhist elements such as pulse treatment, prayers, cleansing rituals, and divination. Magical objects include medicinal stones, metals, animal bones, meteorite fragments, silver and copper coins, sticks, rosaries, lamps filled with oil, a Buddhist bell and vajra, statues and depictions of deities, etc. As a repository of diverse knowledge, the institution of folk healers employs a number of assumptions about the causes of illness or misfortune. For example, depending on the patient, sometimes folk healers work on the assumption that illnesses are caused by the dissatisfied or angry spirit of a deceased relative. Once the needs of this spirit are satisfied – for example, by offering food if the cause of the spirit’s dissatisfaction happens to be hunger – the patient is expected to return to health. Another healing method is used when a child becomes frightened or psychotic. Firstly, the head of the child is covered with a white sheet. Then a piece of melted lead is poured into a bowl with cold water held by another person above the head of the child. When the lead cools down, the folk healer takes it out to read for the shape(s) which indicate what the fear was – for example, a dinosaur or a dog. Afterwards, the shapes are destroyed with a hammer, signifying the destruction of the cause of fear or phobia. The child is advised not to watch cartoons with dinosaurs or keep away from dogs. Magical objects such as meteorite fragments (called ‘dragon’s arrow’), animal bones, and saigak horns are used to cure various tumors and bone growths.
 

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Alexandra Sangadzhieva, Shurgan Lama, Folk Medicine and a Rosary

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Alexandra says that one day her son went to see Shurgan lama. During the session the lama said to him that the wheel in his car had a problem. Indeed, when her son went out to...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sat 12 May 2018


Alexei Naranov, About Curing Sick Children with Coins

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Alexei talks about how copper coins collected from the ground were used by folk healers to cure sick children.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 7 Aug 2017


Anatoliy Safinov, About Traditional Medicine

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In the past, Kalmyk milk tea and a soup made of sheep’s neck were used as medicine. Since many illnesses among the Kalmyks were connected with cold, or exacerbated by catching a...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 27 Sep 2015


Anna Mandzhieva, About Luugin Sum (A Dragon's Arrow)

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Anna relays a story she heard from her father-in-law who claimed to have found a luugin sum (a dragon’s arrow). There is a belief that only those who are supposed to find it, find...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 15 Jun 2015


Badma Ochirova, About the Healing Properties of Hare's Fat

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Badma says that when her family lived in Siberia her grandmother collected hare’s fat. It is good for both burns and frostbite. In Siberia people also drank hare’s fat and that of...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 19 Feb 2016


Baira Goryaeva, About Traditional Healing Methods

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Baira talks about two healing methods, namely khorglzh tsutgkh (pouring lead) and amnya dolig (substitution ritual).

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 19 Sep 2018


Boris Dochkaev, A Ritual to Remove Fear

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Boris talks about how to perform a ritual to remove fear in children by melting lead.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 18 Jul 2018


Boris Dochkaev, Fortune-Telling with a Stick

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Boris shows how to do fortune-telling using a stick.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 18 Jul 2018


Bosya Ochirova, About Traditional Medicine

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Bosya talks about how she found a luugin sum (a dragon’s arrow). It looks like a small metallic object with a sharp end.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 11 May 2015


Bulyash Chumudova, About Traditional Medicine

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This video features an interview with Bulyash about traditional healing methods.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 16 Jun 2015


Dordzhi Nandyshev, About Folk Medicine

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In this interview Dordzhi talks about folk healing methods applied to humans and horses.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 8 Aug 2017


Dzhidzha Araeva, A Ritual Involving Melted Tin

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Dzhidzha relays a story about how her mother performed a ritual of removing fear on her children which involved melted tin.
The ritual is performed as follows. A piece of tin is...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 14 May 2018


Ekaterina Boldyreva, Healing and Upbringing Children

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Ekaterina cures sick children. She says that she first heard about her curing abilities from an old woman called Bosya who lived in the village of Dzhalykovo. Being a teacher...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 16 Jan 2017


Ekaterina Zhuzhaeva, About Traditional Medicine

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In this interview Ekaterina says that in the past traditional medicine was very limited.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 4 Apr 2017


Elza Badaeva, About Folk Medicine

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Elza says that in the past people used boiled water and herbs for treatment. A liter of water was boiled down to 200 mg and drunk. People also added various herbs to their drink....

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (TRADITIONAL MEDICINE/HEALING METHODS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 20 Dec 2018


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