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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.
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
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.
"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.