Cuckoo - deity, assistant to a shaman
Northern Mongolia, river Upper Yenisei, Chinese Empire
late 19th century
Wood; cloth: silk; cloth: cotton; leather
height 15.5; base 5.0x6.0
In the culture of the Tuvans, Altaians, Khakasses a cuckoo was one of the main deities assisting to a shaman. According to their beliefs, it has a special ability to choose the path for a shaman during the ritual, so before the start of the ritual a cuckoo was sent to find the safest path.
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