St.Petersburg the Kunstkammer SHAMANIC BURYATS BORTO MASK

The Siberian peoples

hold a special position among the masks cultures of the world.

Masks were worn here already in the Early Bronze Age.

Donning a mask turned a shaman into another being whom he/she tried to emulate as closely as possible. 

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Borto was a great shaman and protector of the Khangin clan of the Buryats.

When Borto died the Buryats kept effigies of Borto as the protector of their homes.

The Buryats accorded him with special honors and regularly fed him with fatty meat.





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