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: 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


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


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


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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