Mongolian traditional idols and amulets exhibited
The National Museum of Mongolia has unveiled a new exhibition “Mongolian Traditional Idols and Belief” featuring more than 70 rare religious artifacts of Mongolia...
The National Museum of Mongolia has unveiled a new exhibition “Mongolian Traditional Idols and Belief” featuring more than 70 rare religious artifacts of Mongolia.
“There are abundant artifacts passed for generations that express people’s belief from the past to the present. These artifacts are intellectual heritages and culture of Mongolians preserved for hundreds of years. The great wisdom and faith of Mongolians are depicted through various idols and statues of, for example, a dancing per- son wearing a ceremonial clothing with rock paintings sewn on them, a person bowing to the sun and moon with his palms facing up, a worshiping tree, and a man sitting on his knees,” said Ch.Natsag, a cultural heritage specialist at the National Museum of Mongolia.
“In the past, people believed items and phenomenon had special powers or had magical powers. And so, they started worshiping them, thus creating various types of idols and amulets. This is believed to have originated shamanism. Since the time kinship was established, people thought that things originated from animals and idolized them through shamanism. Therefore, this incredible intellectual heritage must be preserved and passed on to future generations. For this reason, I hope many people come to see this exhibition.”
Full outfit of shamans with traditional amulets and accessories, Mongolian traditional idols, and the original order to appoint Bodg Khaan – the revered symbol of Buddhism in Mongolia – inscribed on yellow silk and stamped with the Dalai Lama’s golden seal are being showcased to the public for the first time.
According to J.Naranchimeg, shaman’s idols, dating back to 1960 to 1970, are the oldest artifacts featured in the new exhibition.
Both locals and tourists can see the exhibition for free of charge through August 25.