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Rites, Celebrations and Dances around Lake Baïkal

Music of the world

The Buryats are a Mongol people living west and east of Lake Baikal. These ancient nomadic pastors traditionally practice shamanism that will be found in some songs or an epic fragment. East of Baikal, Buryats were converted to Buddhism by Tibetan missionaries. A domestic ritual has been recorded in a village and many songs of festivals, dance, lullabies or singing competitions, all recorded in several villages on both sides of Baikal. The quality of the voices of the performers (mostly women) is exceptional and allows us to see how, despite the upheavals of the modern world, traditional music has remained alive and full of life in Buryatia.