Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Right now we are going to Buryatia to visit Arshan – the resort in the mountains of the East Sayan.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Shamanism is traditional for Buryatia, such ribbons on trees can be seen very often there. Each place has its own spirit-protector. So they tie ribbons to trees or make stone piles to placate spirits.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Kultuk village (“kultuk” is translated from the Turkic language as “the dead end”). There was a burg here in 1647.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Smoking fish for sale.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Smoked Baikal omul.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

The sacred place for local buddhists – the stupa.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Stupa for buddhists is the powerful place concentrating all the good.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

The river with a complicated name – Kyngarga (translated as “drum”).

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Stone piles called “oboo”.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

It’s not litter but sacrifices – cigarettes, sweets, coins…

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

One can cross this river by a bungee jump

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

The first waterfall of Arshan.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Someone left that statue of a bear.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

“I want to have your son! And daughter! I love you so much!”

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

One of mineral springs.

By the way those ribbons on trees are a serious problem for Buryatia – many trees die because of them – they prevent branches from normal growing.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

People stand for half an hour in the line to get some of this water.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

More oboo.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

The statue of the child who pours water is often decorated too.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

One of Buryat altars.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Inside the altar is a pre-Buddhist deity, one of the main kind spirits.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

It’s how people worship him.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Asian pavilion.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Buryat Datsan built in 1917.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Hurde – the praying drum. Mantras are written along the circle – turning the drum is equal to reading mantras.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Stupas of the datsan.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

This Russian pot is used for placing incenses for ceremonies.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

The wheel of dharma – one of the buddhist symbols.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

The structure with buddhist flags. On each flag a mantra is written. When they swing in the wind it’s also equal to reading mantras.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Another datsan.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

Praying drums – hurde.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

It’s even strange to see such architecture among birch trees.

Buddhist Mecca of Baikal

By they way it’s actually forbidden to photograp there…

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