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Sacred Faces of the Great Forest

... the Rybinskoe molding we can notice a band — a hoop with the pictures of two birds attached to it — going across the top of the helmet. Metallic figurines of birds, animals, and people attached to the flat hoop quite often decorated the crowns of Siberian shamans. Therefore, a shaman’s crown placed above the helmet on the head of the Rybinskaya mask testifies to the fact that the deceased, when he was alive, performed two functions: he possessed both secular and religious power. It is a direct sign of early military chiefdom. According to V. N. Basilov, “The ...

Modified: 30.01.2005
mask , helmet , menkvy , Siberia , hero , idol
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