Part of shaman's amulet: lamb shoulder with cross
Buryat-Mongolian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
early 20th century
Museum of the Peoples of the USSR
Bone; metal; cloth: cotton
shoulder 14.7 х 10.2; length of braid 31.0; cross 3.8x2.9
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.
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