Objects
Part of shaman's amulet: lamb shoulder with cross. Buryats
Part of shaman's amulet: lamb shoulder with cross. Buryats
Title
Part of shaman's amulet: lamb shoulder with cross
Ethnic groups
Buryats
Territory
Buryat and Mongolian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
Date
early 20th century
Collectors
Museum of the Peoples of the USSR
Material
Bone; metal; cloth
Dimensions
shoulder 14.7 х 10.2; length of braid 31.0; cross 3.8x2.9
Corpus
Peoples of Siberia and Far East
Number
РЭМ 8761-7652/2
Ethnical annotation
An Orthodox cross, which is attached to a cotton ribbon, is tied to the narrow ends of two ram shoulder blades. The shoulder blades were used by the shaman for divination and predictions about the future to relatives. The presence of an Orthodox cross as part of a shamanic amulet is evidence of syncretism in the religious beliefs of the Buryats.