Local People 2019-08-11T15:32:37+00:00

Culture, religion and cuisine of

Buryats – Local People

There are about 97 nationalities living in Russia! Almost all of them have their own Republic – their native territory where they live according to their traditions. In such Republics there are two official languages – Russian and local, for example, the Buryat language in Buryatia Republic. Buryatia is situated to the East and South of Baikal. About one million people live there. Buryats have a very rich and ancient culture, which they keep to this day. Most of the names of rivers, mountains and other places around Baikal came from the Buryat language. To visit Baikal means to learn about the Buryats. These people have lived here for hundreds of years, they are spiritually connected with Baikal, its past and future. International tourists can learn about Buryat customs and the traditions of Shamanism and Buddhism by visiting Ust-Orda museums and the other places we noted

Buryat people

“Be kind to all life around, respect your ancestors, and one day you will perform your purpose in this life”

– Buryat Shaman

Baikal Legend

Buryats are native people of Baikal. For hundreds of years they have lived here according to the precepts of their ancestors, keeping their customs, culture and language. The modern name of the lake comes from the Buryat language also.

This video is about the meaning of word “Baikal”

“The Universe has given you a chance to make our World better. So let your ancestors be proud of you!”

– Buryat Shaman

By the religion,
Buryat people are divided into two parts:

Buryats
Buryats

Shamanism

Western Buryats live according to the customs of Shamanism. They live mainly in the territory of Irkutsk region. Shamanism is not quite a religion in the usual meaning of the word. This is a special way of life in which a person lives in harmony with the surrounding nature, respects and preserves the traditions of his ancestors. Shamans say that everyone should take care of all living beings, animals and plants, because man is an integral part of our Universe and he is born with a certain purpose, which he must fulfill during his life. Traveling to Baikal, you can visit Ust-Orda, where you can learn more about Shamanism, get to know the way of life and traditions of Buryats and, if you’re lucky, meet a real Shaman.

Buddhism

Buddhism is widespread to the East of Baikal. A large number of Buddhist monasteries are located in Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryat Republic. This widespread world religion came here from Mongolia and Tibet. The most popular place for tourists is Ivolginsky datsan, where tourists have the opportunity to see the body of the Buddhist monk Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov.

“Do not take even the smallest stone from the Lake to your home or the Great Baikal will be angry with you”

– Buryat Shaman

Buryat Cuisine

There are a lot of restaurants of Buryat cuisine in Irkutsk
Here are descriptions of just some of the dishes

“Saguday” – salted local fish with spices and onion
“Khoskhonog”  – sheep or horse entrails boiled with vegetables and local spices
“Gogorotoy Shararan Myakhan”  – Horse meat, fried with garlic and homemade noodles
“Blood sausage”  – sheep or horse entrails steamed with spices and blood

“Shulep” – homemade noodles with vegetables and local spices
“Khirmasa” – lamb with homemade noodles and giblets

“Airag” – local koumiss. A milk drink with honey, sugar and raisins
“Shan’gi” – little pellet of dough covered with a generous layer of sour cream
“Horwood” – homemade cheese obtained from the dried whole-milk cottage cheese
“Salamat” – a porridge made from flour and sour cream

Culture, religion and cuisine of

Buryats – Local People

There are about 97 nationalities living in Russia! Almost all of them have their own Republic – their native territory where they live according to their traditions. In such Republics there are two official languages – Russian and local, for example, the Buryat language in Buryatia Republic. Buryatia is situated to the East and South of Baikal. About one million people live there. Buryats have a very rich and ancient culture, which they keep to this day. Most of the names of rivers, mountains and other places around Baikal came from the Buryat language. To visit Baikal means to learn about the Buryats. These people have lived here for hundreds of years, they are spiritually connected with Baikal, its past and future. International tourists can learn about Buryat customs and the traditions of Shamanism and Buddhism by visiting Ust-Orda museums and the other places we noted

Buryat people

“Be kind to all life around, respect your ancestors, and one day you will perform your purpose in this life”

– Buryat Shaman

Baikal Legend

Buryats are native people of Baikal. For hundreds of years they have lived here according to the precepts of their ancestors, keeping their customs, culture and language. The modern name of the lake comes from the Buryat language also.

This video is about the meaning of word “Baikal”

“The Universe has given you a chance to make our World better. So let your ancestors be proud of you!”

– Buryat Shaman

By the religion,

Buryat people are divided into two parts. The first is:

Shamanism

Buryats

Western Buryats live according to the customs of Shamanism. They live mainly in the territory of Irkutsk region. Shamanism is not quite a religion in the usual meaning of the word. This is a special way of life in which a person lives in harmony with the surrounding nature, respects and preserves the traditions of his ancestors. Shamans say that everyone should take care of all living beings, animals and plants, because man is an integral part of our Universe and he is born with a certain purpose, which he must fulfill during his life. Traveling to Baikal, you can visit Ust-Orda, where you can learn more about Shamanism, get to know the way of life and traditions of Buryats and, if you’re lucky, meet a real Shaman.

The religion of Eastern Buryats is:

Buddhism

Buryats

Buddhism is widespread to the East of Baikal. A large number of Buddhist monasteries are located in Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryat Republic. This widespread world religion came here from Mongolia and Tibet. The most popular place for tourists is Ivolginsky datsan, where tourists have the opportunity to see the body of the Buddhist monk Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov.

“Do not take even the smallest stone from the Lake to your home or the Great Baikal will be angry with you”

– Buryat Shaman

Buryat Cuisine

There are a lot of restaurants of Buryat cuisine in Irkutsk
Here are descriptions of just some of the dishes

“Saguday” – salted local fish with spices and onion
“Khoskhonog”  – sheep or horse entrails boiled with vegetables and local spices
“Gogorotoy Shararan Myakhan”  – Horse meat, fried with garlic and homemade noodles
“Blood sausage” – sheep or horse entrails steamed with spices and blood
“Shulep” – homemade noodles with vegetables and local spices
“Khirmasa” – lamb with homemade noodles and giblets
“Airag”  – local koumiss. A milk drink with honey, sugar and raisins
“Shan’gi”  – little pellet of dough covered with a generous layer of sour cream
“Horwood” – homemade cheese obtained from the dried whole-milk cottage cheese
“Salamat” – a porridge made from flour and sour cream