2020-04-16 18:40:00

Altai shaman to try to 'appease' coronavirus

Gorno-Altaisk, April 16, Interfax - An attempt to appease coronavirus will be made using a shamanic ritual in the mountains of the Altai Republic, Akai Kine, president of the Turkic spiritual center Kin Altai and chief shaman of Altai, told Interfax on Thursday.

"I already conducted a ritual alone after returning from Moscow in the mountains in late March, but I didn't want to advertise it. We will go to the mountains again for that purpose soon. We are now expecting the Moon phase to change, the ritual depends on the change of natural cycles and we will go as soon as the needed moment occurs," Kine said.

The ritual will last for a long time, for up to two hours, he said. Its main feature will be that it will not be "expulsion of the virus," but its "appeasement."

"We are not conducting the ritual to protect ourselves from coronavirus. Coronavirus is a living organism, it also needs to be treated with respect, it was created by human nature due to aggression. We are doing the wrong thing when we start running away from it," he said.

"We are not fighting against the pandemic. I make a sacrifice to it as a sign of respect and we should accept the behavior of the virus as a lesson. I think respectful treatment of the virus, among other things, protects the Altai Republic. We need coronavirus to calm down and to go back to its nature, where it came from," Kine said.

The spread of coronavirus is another "lesson to mankind, which was once predicted through shamans by the 'Altai princess,' along with the floods, hail and wildfires, which hurt the reign last year," he said.

Kine said he is certain that the "Altai princess" is protecting the Altai Republic from the infiltration of the virus because residents of the region respect the remains of their ancestors and nature.

"Of course, we are not protected only by the princess and nature, but also by people's consciousness, the measures that are being taken in the republic. The region cannot be closed fully, even if you close the Chuisky tract there are other ways. The tour flow needs to be stopped, especially from other regions, where the situation is difficult," Kine said.

The press center for the government of the Altai Republic said there were no confirmed coronavirus cases in the region as of April 16. One hundred and eighty-two people are under medical observation.

According to earlier reports, the "Altai princess" was found by Novosibirsk archeologists in 1993 among the burials dating back to the period between the 5th and the 3rd century B.C. on the Ukok Plateau in the central part of the Altai mountain system.

The mummy was restored by scientists from the Lenin Mausoleum laboratory. Four years after the mummy was found, UNESCO included the Ukok Plateau in the World Heritage List under natural criteria.

Some people in the Altai Republic initially protested the idea of giving the mummy to scientists for studies and demanded its return to the burial place.

In early August 2014, ethnic Altaians started collecting signatures for the burial of the "princess" mummy. Local residence are certain that the unburied mummy is the cause of many natural calamities in the region.

Before September 2021, the mummy was in the Museum of the History and Culture of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk. On September 20, 2021, it was brought to the reconstructed National Museum of the Altai Republic to be stored there.