Djulin - image of female ancestor of a family
Far East Krai, Nikolayevsk-on-Amur Okrug
early 20th century
height 74.0; width 21.0; depth 12.8
The Nanais made similar images for each other, and the shaman revived them, instilling a spirit in them. Djulin guarded the dwelling and the owners, helped in hunting, transmitted requests to the spirit of Sangiya mapa (master of the sky). During important events for the family, the image was fed with porridge, blood, lard and the heart of an elk, and also fumigated with wild rosemary smoke.
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