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Burkhan Cape (Shamanka)

Burkhan Cape situated near the largest settlement of Olkhon Island is a trademark of Lake Baikal. Its pictures can be found in any photo album and any book about the Baikal. Initially the cape was called Shamanka or Shaman Rock. This name is not accidental: already in ancient times followers of shamanism considered the place holy. The cave of Shamanka saw many religious rites and sacrifices. Later on, when Buddhism spread among Buryat people, the cape came to be known as “Burkhan”, which means “God”, “Buddha”.
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