The second part of the rituals that concern children is about making a solemn vow during the birth ceremony.
Laudatory ritual of the shaman for younger children.
According to our informants, shamans were invited not only to the patient, which was typical of Tuvan society, but also during childbirth. An identical phenomenon has been reported by I.S. Gurvich. He wrote: Sometimes a shaman was invited in difficult births. The birth of a child among the Tuvanians was celebrated with a holiday, and this custom is expressed organically in shamanic algysch. Here is a small example:
Younger kids, local kids, opey-opey,
Don't be weak, be lively, 00-00, oo-oo.
Let it bloom like a bud, opey-opey.
Let her grow like a gray cuckoo, 00-00, oo-oo.
Like bud flowers, opey-opey,
Like the wings of a gray cuckoo, oo-oo, 00-00.
Younger kids, of all things, opey-opey,
May everyone grow up peacefully, oo-oo, oo-oo.
Like flowers of the world, opey-opey!
Beautiful, wonderful local kids, oo-oo, oo-oo,
Like flowers of the native side, opey-opey.
Special, beautiful younger kids, oo-oo, oo-oo.
Play Saizanak (1), opey-opey
Very young children, oo-oo, oo-oo.
Descendant of the continuation of antiquity, opey-opey!
Born well, oo-oo, oo-oo.
Follow the historic street, opey-opey.
Be native descendants by origin, oo-oo, oo-oo,
You're born of creation, opey-opey!
May the younger children grow up peacefully, oo-oo, oo-oo.
(1) Children's game with stones (Auth.).
In this Algysh we see a solemn ode dedicated to young children, the true descendants of their parents and compatriots. You, these babies, should, at the request of the shaman, become mighty and become the successors of the family. The shaman sincerely calls young children the flowers of the native side, but in his opinion they were born by the decree of the creator - the idol. It is not difficult to notice that in these lines the shaman attributes the most precious thing about children - to their Ereny (guardian spirits).
The information comes from the Russian book "Tuvan Shamans" by Kenin Lopsan, the living monument of the shamans, they have been translated by me and edited so that it is understandable. The pictures are slides from my trip to Tuva in 2004.
Links to the last two articles on this topic (about 20 more can be found in the depths of my blog):
Shaman Knowledge - Invocation in front of a sick person / Schamanenwissen - Anrufung vor einer kranken Person
Shaman Knowledge - Shaman's trick of intimidation / Schamanenwissen - Schamanentrick der Einschüchterung
Shaman Knowledge - Diagnosis of the disease / Schamanenwissen - Diagnose der Krankheit
See you next time! / Bis nächstes Mal!
Thank you for your attention! / Danke für Deine Aufmerksamkeit!
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