Pictures of Mongolia's Reindeer People

Mongolian Reindeer Pictures: Dukha Boy with Squirrel Skins from Hunt
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A Tsaatan [Dukha] shaman called Ganzorig sits before his ancestor shrine. During the communist repression, the Dukha's ancestral idols were destroyed. Since then the Dukha resorted to abstraction, representing their ancestors by a medley of rags hanging on the North side of the wigwam. The north is the side of the wigwam which never receives direct sunlightit is the direction to the portal between the world of the living and the black heaven of the ancestors.

Anthropologist Hamid Sadar

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Photograph copyright Hamid Sardar
 
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