Objects
Photograph: Images of home deities - patrons of home and hosts. Nanais
Photograph: Images of home deities - patrons of home and hosts. Nanais
Title
Photograph: Images of home deities - patrons of home and hosts
Ethnic groups
Nanais
Territory
Far East Krai, Nikolaevsky Okrug
Date
Collectors-person
Photographer
Shneider E.R.
Dimensions
11,2 x 8,4
Corpus
Photo Collections of Russian Museum of Ethnography
Number
РЭМ 4700-97
Ethnical annotation
According to the beliefs of the Nanais, the images of household deities (“dulu”) conveyed prayers to the supreme deities, they never harmed a person, but could refuse to help. Therefore, they were necessarily fed before or after significant events. The images were photograped immediately after feeding: in front of them is a plate of porridge, which is smeared on the mouths of the spirits. Similar images were made by the Nanais themselves to each other, while the shaman determined whether the spirit entered them or not.