Shamans held a ceremony at the Ukok, where she was found, "Altai Princess"
The shamans of the Altai Mountains a ritual ceremony held at the place where 19 years ago, archaeologists have unearthed a mummy "Altai Princess", reports RIA "Novosti" with reference to the head of the center of the traditional worldview of the Altai "White Faith" Akai Keene.
The mummy of ancient women was found Expedition Novosibirsk archeologist Natalia Polosmak in 1993, in Scythian burial mound in the Altai Ukok near the border with Mongolia. Age finds is estimated at more than 2.5 thousand years, it was called one of the most important discoveries of recent times in archeology.
The scientists took the mummy in Novosibirsk for research and, until recently, did not want to return, despite the requests and requirements of not only the government of the republic, but the indigenous population, devoted to his pagan mythology and is considered the guardian of the mummy of the Earth.
According to Keane, the rite was performed in connection with the delivery mummy by helicopter from Novosibirsk to Altay last Thursday.
Charge of the Altai climbed Ukok, remote, inaccessible place in the south of the Altai Mountains, where at sunrise ceremony held in accordance with the beliefs of the Altai. The rite was associated with an appeal to the spirits. "We asked her to calm down," — he said.
In the ceremony was also attended by shamans of Tuva and Khakassia.
This is the second ceremony, which is responsible for the Altai conducted in connection with the delivery of "Altai Princess" on their land. First they held a ceremony in one of the sacred places of the Altai Mountains for a few days prior to shipment, and during the actual transport of the Altai lit a ritual fire.
The museum's director of the Novosibirsk Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he kept mum, Irene Sal'nikova reported that the mummy was transported in an armored sarcophagus, to protect them from possible damage.
When 19 years ago only the mummy were transported to Novosibirsk, there have been problems in the engine, and a helicopter with a unique artifact made an emergency landing. Now that the mummy was returned, the representatives of the Altai delegation was assured that they do not believe in mysticism. Mummy flew safely. She was placed in the Anokhin National Museum in Gorno-Altaisk, which had a global reconstruction for 750 million rubles.
The authorities of the Republic of Altai was called back mummy "big event", which waited a long time and which were prepared.
Due to a conflict with the scientists who first refused to return the mummy Altaici, the regional government earlier imposed a ban on any excavations in the south of the Altai Mountains, where they found a mummy. In 2010, the Novosibirsk researchers said they are ready to pass the mummy, since all the necessary scientific work her over.
Scientists have repeatedly stated that no princess mummy is not and belongs to a different ethnic populations, and not Altaici. The fact that they call it — the fruit of modern myth-making. However, these statements did not affect the desire to Altai with its mythology, to see the mummy to "their land."
Local authorities are confident that the mummy as a museum piece is in huge demand among tourists.
Global reconstruction of the National Museum of the Republic of Altai has cost 750 million rubles, of funded OAO "Gazprom". Reconstruction of the increased area of the museum doubled — from 8,000 square meters to 16.5 thousand. The reconstruction project includes the construction of an extension to the museum building, a kind of mausoleum, made in the form of a burial mound, going down into which visitors can see the sarcophagus with the mummy of "Altai Princess". To store the mummies, including a biological object is made available. To maintain and control a special temperature and humidity conditions in the room uses a special German equipment.
The grand opening of the National Museum is scheduled for September 26. In honor of the opening of the museum on Chuiski to enter the Republic of Altai Altai region is planned to install a memorial stone, specially brought to the burial place of "Princess" — payment Ukok. Facilities that will store the most valuable exhibit of the museum, also be named after Ukok.