Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Created: 2015-02-18 13:29
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: Many Kalmyk families have domestic altars that are laid with religious objects, both new (that they purchased in shops or received from lamas, friends or relatives) and old (that they inherited from ancestors). Many of these old objects, which would have survived the Russian Civil War, the anti-religious campaigns of the 1930s, World War Two, the deportation of the Kalmyk people in 1943, and the subsequent years of atheist regime, have a special sentimental value for their owners. On this page you can see interviews with people, both lamas and laypersons, talking about various religious objects, including thangkas (Buddhist paintings on cotton or silk), statues, talismans and amulets (bu, mird), rosaries (erkn), as well as instruments used by the clergy such as bells, vajras, and others.
 

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Agvan Eshey, My Family Rosary and 'Wind Horse' Flags

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Lama Agvan Eshey says that he inherited his rosary, or prayer beads, from his grandfather’s brother who was a lama of the Merkit clan in Rostovskaya oblast. In the past, many...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 16 Mar 2018


Alena Lidzhieva, Amulets, Talismans and Other Religious Objects

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Alena says that amulets for personal use should not come from laypeople but be requested from monks in Buddhist temples. Amulets given by laypeople bring nothing good. Amulets are...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 12 Jun 2015


Anna Azvanova, About My Altar

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I did not have (images and statues of) gods before because my parents were orphans. In Siberia it was forbidden to have gods at home. After returning home from Siberia I have...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 19 Jul 2018


Batyr Elistaev, About the Bell and the Vajra

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Batyr says that the bell is a symbol of compassion and love of all Buddhas, whereas the vajra is that of their wisdom. The unity of love, compassion and wisdom symbolizes the...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 15 Jun 2015


Ekaterina Boldyreva, About Amulets

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Ekaterina says that amulets should be worn around neck. She herself has an amulet from Tibet. She contends that her amulet protects her well and that when she does not wear it she...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 16 Jan 2017


Ekaterina Boldyreva, About an Old Thangka

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In 2015 the National Museum of Kalmykia in Elista displayed an old tangka of Green Tara that had been borrowed from the Stavropol’ Museum. Ekaterina says that when she went to see...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 16 Jan 2017


Ekaterina Boldyreva, About My Domestic Altar

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Ekaterina says that she has the following objects on her domestic altar: candles, statues of Buddha, Manjushri, Tsagan Aav and Green Tara, a picture of the Dalai Lama XIV, a...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Mon 16 Jan 2017


Khargchin Koldzhieva, About Amulets and Talismans

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Khargchin says that amulets are empowered with mantras.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 9 Feb 2017


Larisa Shoglyaeva, My Altar and Dreams

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In this interview Larisa shows her domestic altar and talks about her dreams.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sat 4 Feb 2017


Polina Fedorova, About Talismans and My Family Relics

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Polina talks about talismans and her family relics.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 1 Feb 2018


Sanan Matvenov, How to Organize a Home Altar

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Sanan is an administrator at the Central Temple in Elista. He gives the following advice to the pious.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 19 Jul 2016


Sangadzhi Kononov, About a Home Altar

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There are many arguments as to how to correctly organize domestic altars. Since different people have different living conditions, there cannot be a single rule regarding altars....

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 23 Dec 2016


Sangadzhi Kononov, Buddhist Prayer Beads

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Prayer beads have special dividers that divide the beads into 7, 21 and 33. Apart from using in prayers, the Kalmyks also keep beads as amulets that are believed to have strong...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 25 Dec 2016


Tatyana Boskhomdzhieva, Bu

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Tatyana talks about the purpose of talismans called bu.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sat 9 May 2015


Telo Tulku Rinpoche, About Altars

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Telo Tulku: In my belief system there are many deities. On my altar, in the middle, is the image or statue of Buddha. Then I have Manjushri, Amitayus – Buddha of longevity, then...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sat 25 Feb 2017


Telo Tulku Rinpoche, About Amulets and Holy Objects

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Telo Tulku: I would not say that it is compulsory to wear them. Amulets are blessed items that would protect us from harm, diseases, evil, and so on. I truly believe that if it is...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sat 25 Feb 2017


Viktoria Mukobenova, Gandzhur and Dandzhur in Chilgir

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Viktoria relays a story about Gandzhur and Dandzhur texts that were kept in a temple in Chilgir.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 1 Feb 2018


Viktoria Mukobenova, Two Amulets

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Viktoria relays a story about two amulets called mird.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (RELIGIOUS OBJECTS)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 5 Apr 2018


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