Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (ASTROLOGY, LITURGY AND PRACTICE)

Created: 2015-04-06 13:36
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: Kalmyk Buddhism – a notion contested by some Kalmyks but supported by others – is the traditional religion of the Kalmyks. By absorbing elements from shamanism and other religions, Buddhism in Kalmykia, a place geographically distant from other Buddhist centres, have developed not only a distinct architectural style (resembling Russian Orthodox churches) but also unique rituals and practices unseen among other Mongolian groups. Thus in Kalmykia, the Tsagan Aav (the Old White Man, who is known among other Mongolian groups as a deity of nature and longevity) has been elevated to the status of a national deity. Hence almost all altars in Kalmykia are decorated with his depiction and statues on a par with the Buddha Shakyamuni. Also, many rituals are dedicated to the Tsagan Aav. Equally, the celebration of all national holidays – the Tsagan Sar, Ur Sar, and Zul – include prayers devoted to this national deity. The dates of these holidays are determined by the Kalmyk lunar calendar based on Kalmyk astrology. On this page, you can see videos about astrology, omens, liturgy, and daily practices carried out by the 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


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


Lidzhi Amikov, About Karma

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Lidzhi recalls that when he was building a stupa his mother died. With the money that she had left him, Lidzhi bought paint and used it on the stupa. During the mourning period,...

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

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Wed 18 May 2016


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