Part of shaman's costume - cape
East Siberia, Yenisei province, Minusinsk district
late 19th - early 20th centuries
Cloth; stone: shell; metal; animal derived materials: feather; specific materials: plastic
Many long multi-colored stripes sewn to the bottom edge of the black cotton cape symbolize the plumage of a bird and point to the main spirit of the shaman's patron - a bird. The presence of eagle owl wings on the back of the cape shows that the owl was the main patron spirit of the Karakyz shaman in her ritual practice. Spherical bells on the back of the cape allowed the shaman to collect spirits - helpers during the ritual. In such clothes, shamans not only treated the sick, but also prayed to their relatives for the purpose of well-being in everyday practice.
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