Clan Rituals

Although separated territorially from the rest of the Mongolian world, contemporary Kalmyks continue to practise customs common among other Mongolian groups. Many Kalmyks honour their tradition and perform various rituals that preserve and perpetuate kinship links. The main aim of clan rituals is to preserve and consolidate kinship groups not only by worshipping the clan or local deities, remembering ancestors, and cleansing native land but also by engaging all clan or family members in the ritual. Clan rituals are often performed by inviting a Buddhist monk or a folk healer who reads mantras, prayers, and gives advice.

Aisa Bryugidikova, About Gal Tyalgn and Clan Rituals









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Gal Tyalgn, The Ritual of Offering to Protecting Spirits



















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Sangadzhi Kononov, About the Worship of the Masters of Land and Water








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Telo Tulku Rinpoche, Purification Rituals