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The most sacred animal to the Buryats is the horse. They have such a long history with horses. They raise them as one of the main animals they care for. They have history of riding to battle on horseback. Since they honor the horse very much, their sacrificial animal is horse. Other natives, living in similar regions nearby, like the Yakuts and other Turkik tribes, also honor the horse in the same way.1
There was a shift in religious focus from shamanism to Buddhism once Buddhist notions began entering the Buryat region from Mongolia. Soviet distaste of shamanism was no secret. They called upon the shamans and tried to convert them to Christianity. However, when that failed, the Buryat shamans incorporated more elements of Buddhism into their practice as their way of resisting the forced Enlightenment.2 While some non-shaman Buryats did make the full conversions to either Buddhism or Christianity, many remained loyal to their shamanistic roots.
While many native religions die out, the rejuvenation of shamanism and the return to its roots is bringing the religion back from the brink. Any books on eastern shamanism tend include the Buryat Mongols shamanism, as their belief is so strong and present even today.
Buryats and Buryatia: Now
Following the Buryats' survival through the perils of modern Russia, highlights their strengths as a group, and also reveals their warrior spirits. Standing against hardships and persecution, the Buryats have managed to do remarkably well in comparison to other Siberian natives. It is with hope that the Buryat population will continue to thrive and this culture can receive the recognition it deserves.
It was after the fall of Napoleon that the Russian Empire tried to integrate the Siberian native...

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