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THE DANCING "SHAMAN" IMAGE IN THE COMPLEX RASHAAN-KHAD IN MONGOLIA

M. Shishin
Friday 9 November 2018 by Libadmin2018

ABSTRACT

In 2015, as a result of historical and art studies of the complex of petroglyphs Rashaa-Khad in Mongolia, an indescribable anthropomorphic image was discovered, which was given the name "dancing shaman". It was located on the well-known and long-studied stele, on which a large number of tamgo-shaped signs of the Mongolian clans were carved. The image was located on the edge, poorly read because of the thick layer of organic matter. When clearing and copying through a special thin paper – mikalent, we were able to more fully view the image, to reveal a large number of tamgas in his environment. The character of the movement resembled the canonical dance of the eagle performed by Mongol wrestlers in national competitions. This composition complements a rather large list of similar in the adjacent territories of Russia and Mongolia in petroglyph complexes. They perform a ritual rite / dance by single figures or a group. These images can be combined into a general direction of research - paleochoreography. The article gives an analysis of the studies of the Rashaan-Had complex already conducted and describes the detected image. A semantic interpretation is proposed, according to which this image can represent the progenitor-master of all tamga-like signs. A comparative analysis is carried out with similar images in Russia (Kalbak-tash) and Mongolia (Shivet-Hayrkhan).

Keywords: Rashaan-Khad (Arshan-Khad), thamgha, petroglyphs, Mongolia, paleochoreography


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