State-worshipped mountains of Mongolia

2016-11-02 16:49:07

Worshipping sacred mountains at the state level might sound odd for foreigners. However, from ancient times mongolians have been practicing a culture and tradition of protecting, loving and worshipping the mother-nature while harmonizing them with their way of living in high awareness of essential bonds between the nature and human being.

A vivid historical example of this is that all the Presidents of Mongolia have decreed to worship at the state level overall 10 mountains so far. These are the Altai Tavan Bogd, Altan Khokhii, Burkhan Khalduun, Gobi Gurvan Saikhan, Dari Ovoo, Otgontenger, Sutai, Suvarga Khairkhan and Khan Khokhii which have unique natural formation and conserve historical and cultural tracks.

Being under special state protection these sites are visited by the President of Mongolia once in four years for worshipping along with the locals. The tradition of respecting and protecting nature has been relayed from generation to generation. Today it has been developed into a ceremony staged by the state in association with the locals and non-governmental organizations.

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