Sunday, July 22, 2012

The world is alive. The plants, animals, rocks, and water all have spirits.

The world is alive. The plants, animals, rocks, and water all have spirits.
These spirits must be respected and cared for or the land would become hostile or barren.
Therefore, protection and balance of one’s environment is of utmost importance...''

- Siberian Elder Wisdom

This picture is showing a Tuvinian Shaman, Tuva Republic, South Siberia.

Tuva, thanks to its geographic conformation, surrounded by the range of the Sajan mountains, has always been isolated from the great trade roads of the ancient time and this situation has endured until recent times, because it was a Soviet Republic closed to the visitors. Due to this millennial isolation in Tuva Shamanism has been preserved in its original form and its people still feel strongly the traditions and respect the ancient cults and rituals...