Mon­go­lian tra­di­tional idols and amulets ex­hib­ited

The UB Post - - Front Page - By B.DULGUUN

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.

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