ovoo

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This ovoo is one of many such rock cairns found on the mountains and high passes of Mongolia, in central Asia.

Treasured abodes of the ancestor spirits, they are festooned with sky-blue silk scarves and long, wooden poles.

Mongolians circle these important sites three times, clockwise, before placing an offering on the pile of sacred stones.

It could be as simple as a rock, or an emptied bottle of vodka, or as intriguing as a lone crutch, or a severed horse’s head.

(2004)

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