Culture

From the ancient times lake Baikal was a place full of myths and legends. As well as in the whole world, in Russia and in Buryatia religion has been an integral part of the spiritual life of all the peoples of the region, and of all the ethnic groups. Religion influenced all the sides of life of the society, its traditions, its customs and rites of the peoples.
This page provides articles about culture of lake Baikal, information about endemic folkways of the lake and the style of living of local people.

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Water Dragon: A Monster from the Bottom of Baikal
One of the most horrible legends passed from mouth to mouth by the inhabitants of is probably the story about a terrible bloodthirsty monster living at the lake bottom. The Buryats call the monster “Lusud Khan” - “The Master Water Dragon” and are still afraid of him.
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The Celebration of the White Month: Sagaalgan Comes to Baikal
Sagaalgan is one of the most traditional, beloved, long-awaited Buryat holidays associated with the beginning of the New Year by the ancient lunar calendar. This year the holiday is celebrated on February 5.
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Taste Symphony of Lake Baikal: How to Make Sagudai
Locals say that Sagudai is a creative dish. We have a habit of saying that those who never tasted sagudai cannot truly say that they have visited Baikal. We will tell you how to make this unique dish, to be able to return to our beloved Baikal with your soul (and body).
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Horror Stories from Baikal: the Secret of the Tomb of Genghis Khan
It's time for to tell you one more #horrorstory about Baikal. 800 years have passed since the death of the great Genghis Khan, but no one was able to find his tomb. However, there is a legend that the great leader was buried somewhere near Baikal. Keeping the exact place a secret was one of his last wishes before death. You can ready our new horror story about the assumed place of the tomb of Genghis Khan and the reasons why his soldiers killed everyone whom they met.
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The Buddhist Temples of Baikal
One should visit Baikal without missing the opportunity of getting acquainted with the culture and religion of Trans-Baikal (Eastern) Buryats - Buddhism. The best way to do this is to visit the most important datsans of Baikal region. “Key to Baikal” will tell about the most important of these temples and why you should remember to bring milk.
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Created by Skilled Craftsmen: Buryat Arrow Storage Facility
We continue to introduce the most unusual exhibits of the Irkutsk Regional Museum to you. This time, we will speak about the Buryat arrow storage facility which is more than 100 years old and used to be an inseparable attribute of...a bride.