Mongolian Wrestling – Nadaam 2007 in Xilamurenzhen

The Location In 2007 we went to Xilamurenzhen (Darhan Muminggan, Baotou) in Chinese Inner Mongolia to assist to the Nadaam Festival. The name Xilamuren comes from the Mongolian word for "Yellow River". Located at 100 km from Hohhot, capital of Chinese Inner Mongolia, Xilamuren is a typical plateau grassland which is covered by grass and flowers during the … Continue reading Mongolian Wrestling – Nadaam 2007 in Xilamurenzhen

Dza’godgonpa Tibetan Monastery – Sichuan

(At the end of this article a quick gallery) The Monastery   Perhaps funded in 1839 by Blo Bzang Mchog Grub Rgya Mtsho, the monastery is located near the today Ribu, at the north of Bar Khams. The Tibetan traditin of Dza'godgonpa monastery is the one of Jonangpa, which between his most important masters has … Continue reading Dza’godgonpa Tibetan Monastery – Sichuan

Selected Artworks of the Workers of Inner Mongolia – 1976

  Rarely is possible to find a complete book dedicated to one etnic group. This collection comes from an old antiques market in Chengdu (Sichuan province, China).  "Selected Artworks of the Workers of Inner Mongolia" is a political and educational collection of artworks (similar to the propaganda posters) of different authors which aim was to … Continue reading Selected Artworks of the Workers of Inner Mongolia – 1976

Falcon Hunters of Xinjiang

During my last visit in Beijing I went to the antiques market in Pingjiayuan road. Between the old magazines I found an interesting copy of Mingzuhuabao (Minorities Magazine of November 1984. I always found in this old magazine more information about the social changes in the Chinese social structure than when I'm talking to his people. This … Continue reading Falcon Hunters of Xinjiang

A cup of tea with a Tuvan Lama

The reformation of the actual Russian Federation and the political independence of the Tuva Republic in 1993 had lead to a return in the traditional values and to a rediscover of local religions. Of the 300,000 people living in Tuva Republic, around the 82% of it is composed by Tuvan ethnicity, and most of the … Continue reading A cup of tea with a Tuvan Lama

Sciamanism in Tuva: meeting Kuzhuget

During our last day of staying in Kyzyl a famous Shaman, Kuzhuget, accepted to receive us. The shaman accepted to be filmed, but for his respect I will only include some freeze screen and comments to this story.   In Tuva, by the end of the 19th century, there were around 7000 shamans, more than … Continue reading Sciamanism in Tuva: meeting Kuzhuget