Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

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Created: 2015-04-06 13:36
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: Due to its geographical isolation and remoteness from other Buddhist centres such as Tibet and Mongolia, Buddhism in Kalmykia has developed rituals that are either less prominent or unknown among other Mongolian groups. The cult of Tsagan Aav (White Old Man) is one of them. Elevated to the status of a national god, Tsagan Aav in Kalmykia is a powerful deity that both protects Kalmyk clans and individuals. Not only can his image be seen on domestic altars next to the Buddha Shakyamuni, but his name is mentioned in almost all prayers that Kalmyks recite during clan rituals and national celebrations such as Zul, Tsagan Sar and Ur(s) Sar. Among sacred days of each month, when people observe fasting (matsg), the day of honoring Tsagan Aav holds a special place. Apart from rituals, Kalmyks have also developed a unique astrological system of calculating Buddhist celebrations and astrological signs called meng which are based on Tibetan Buddhist astrology.

On this page, you can see videos about astrology, predictions, liturgy, prayers, sacred texts, rituals, and daily practices carried out by clergy and the laity alike.
 

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Alexandr Nasakaev, About Religion

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Alexandr says that in Kalmykia people practise both Buddhism and pre-Buddhist beliefs, including a belief in the eternal sky (tengrianstvo) and shamanism. People should accept...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 29 May 2015


Alexei Naranov, About Aldkhl Zyarlg

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This video features a short interview with Alexei about the Book of Predictions (Aldkhl Zyarlg).

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 26 Jan 2018


Anatoliy Safinov, About My Religion

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Anatoliy believes in Buddha, adheres to the Dalai Lama, and reads prayers. In his youth, he recalls, they also celebrated such religious holidays as Zul, Ur Sar, and Tsagan Sar....

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Sun 27 Sep 2015


Antonina Kookueva, About the Diamond Sutra

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Antonina says that the Diamond sutra, which every Kalmyk household had in the past, has a deep Buddhist meaning.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 28 Aug 2018


Badma Ochirova, About a Man Who Could Control the Weather

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Badma recounts a story about a Kalmyk man called Bryudikov Bodva who could control the weather:

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 26 Jan 2018


Boris Dochkaev, An Old Kalmyk Prayer

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Boris talks about an old Kalmyk prayer-blessing that he learnt from the lama Sandzhi Ulanov. He also recites the prayer.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 18 Jul 2018


Boris Dochkaev, Baazr Dara - A Kalmyk Prayer

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In this video Boris talks about how he learnt about a Kalmyk prayer called Baazr Dara and then recites it.

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 18 Jul 2018


Bosya Ochirova, Omens and Astrology

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In this interview Bosya talks about which animals are auspicious to see or keep (livestock, the crane) and which are not (the fox, the ferret, and a bird which makes a strange...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Tue 28 Apr 2015


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