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Ethnographic Tours at Lake Baikal.

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I was reading here; http://waytorussia.net/Baikal/Activities.html about Ethnographic Tours. You mention meeting Shamans and seeing ancient cliff carvings. Can you point me towards more info on this? I'm trying to find some tours like this but not seeing any.

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asked Dec 16, 2015 in About Russia by Shane Stevenson (130 points)
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Shamans are actually very rare and usually are not willing to communicate with people from other cultures (which is quite understandable since many people coming from big cities look at them like at zoo exhibits). Yet, there are some left, mainly in Altai and Tuva. Most of Altai shamans do not work with tambourines any more (they were banned a long time ago and never fully came back) so don't expect exotic dancing with them around open fire:)). Most work with throat (overtone) singing, and it depends on a person listening if they experience it spiritually or not.
Cliff carving are much easier to find, there are many of them in Altai (as well as stone stellas). If you are interested I can give you the exact location.

answered Feb 20, 2016 by EcoAltai (150 points)