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Sacred Faces of the Great Forest

... referred to these artifacts as “shamanistic” since “the religion of the Ural-Altai natives is shamanism” 2 . Following his example, later the researchers perceived all such productions either as artifacts of shamanistic mysteries or as independent idols (“shaitans”). However, with time these masks began to be perceived as sacred depictions of ancestral spirits; i.e. as bronze portraits of some real people whom the oral folk tradition ranked among the sacred patrons after their death. To help ...

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