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  • 'ovoo' at the top of a hill near Ulan Bator, circling it three times and giving offerings before the sun rises.


  • When we laid our customary three stones on the ovoo, we had reason to be grateful indeed.

    Visiting Galsan Tschinag in his Yurt Katharina Rout

  • After hours of driving through the steppe and foothillsthere are hardly any roads in Mongoliawe reached a windy mountain pass with a large ovoo, a cairn of sacrificial stones, that marked the beginning of the traditional land of the

    Visiting Galsan Tschinag in his Yurt Katharina Rout

  • The naadam we were invited to was held near Bayankhongor's Lun Ovoo - the most sacred local ovoo, or shamanistic cairn used to worship the sky and mountains that is found in the Mongol countryside. Top Stories

  • "For all Mongolian people, young and old, doing the ovoo ritual brings luck, well-being and energy for the whole year," said 71-year-old Ochirbatin Amgalan.



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  • Neat! Thanks, trivet.

    September 25, 2007

  • An ovoo (Mongolian: овоо, heap) is a type of shamanistic rock cairn found in Mongolia...They serve as both navigational aids in a country with few roads and fewer signs, and religious sites, used in worship of the mountains and the sky as well as in Buddhist ceremonies.

    more here and here.

    September 25, 2007