Tereza Hejzlarová
June 2010
Annals of the Náprstek Muzeum;2010, Issue 31, p3
Academic Journal
In 1954 the Náprstek Museum gained a collection of objects from Mongolia donated by the Slovak writer Dominik Tatarka (1913-1989), containing the ritual equipment of the female shaman Bariada, who came from the Alak Erdene somon in the Khovsgol aimag. It is not known how Tatarka came by the items, which are usually sacred for the particular society. The collection contains a shaman's cloak, two hats, a drum and beater, a mouth harp case and a bear's paw with charms. The aim of this article is to analyse the various items in the shaman's equipment, and to ascertain their symbolism and function, important for an understanding of current shamanism in this region.


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