2019-03-14 18:20:00

Irkutsk shamans pay 3,000 rubles fine for sacrificing camels 'to strengthen Russia'

Irkutsk, March 14, Interfax - Rosselkhoznadzor has fined the organizers of a shaman ritual in which five camels were sacrificed in the Irkutsk Region, Artur Tsybikov, deputy chief shaman of Russia, told a press conference in the Interfax press center in Irkutsk.

The camels used in the ritual were purchased on a farm in Buryatia, he said. In accordance with the established procedures, the owner was to check the animals for illnesses, out them in quarantine for one month and notify the veterinary services before moving them to a different region, he said.

"We transported the camels [to the Irkutsk region] without the veterinary service's authorization. We have paid a fine to Rosselkhoznadzor for that, 3,000 rubles," Tsybikov said.

The shaman organization has not received any claims from the prosecutors or the police about the ritual yet, he said.

Tsybikov said the ritual had not been conducted for any lucrative purposes and "not for hype."

"The camels were sacrificed [to gods] because the Buryat people are cattle breeders. Every people has its own traditions. In the north, they sacrifice deer. Peoples who live near bodies of water use fish in their rituals," Tsybikov said.

Nevertheless, he said the ritual involving camels is considered difficult in a spiritual sense and shamans answer for it "with their own lives and the lives of their relatives and loved ones."

A video showing Buryat shamans conducting a ritual called Zhen Tengeri Yaba, in which five camels were sacrificed 'to strengthen Russia and its peoples," was posted on Youtube in early February. The animals were killed (the process is not shown in the video) and their meat was boiled and sacrificed to the spirits on the fire.

The ritual was initiated by Artur Tsybikov, deputy chief shaman of Russia, who is also head of the local city Angarsk religious shaman organization Eternally Blue Sky.

The prosecutors of Angarsk, Irkutsk Region, launched a probe into the sacrificing of the animals in February. The prosecutors said this week the police had decided not to open a criminal case.