The spirit of Genghis Khan conquers Siberia
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Political personalities on the borders with Mongolia promote highland worship and fires: blends of Buddhism, Tengrism, Islam, the Zoroastrian religion and even Orthodox Christianity. The new world order between Russia and China.

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Recently,  Sholban Kara-ool, governor of the autonomous Siberian republic of Tuva (on the border with Mongolia), presented a draft law to the regional parliament (Verkhovnyj Kural), according to which the leaders of the republic will be obliged to celebrate the consecration ceremony of the mountain of Baj-Tajga, a sacred place for Buddhists and for the followers of the local ethnic religion on the Alashko plateau (see photo). "The leaders of Tuva - he said - will also be required after me to visit the five main hills of Tuva, and regularly participate in religious ceremonies on behalf of the people".

According to experts, the local authorities are trying to orient local politics, to the Buddhist and Tengrian religions, an archaic pagan religion that dates back to Genghis Khan and the leader of the Huns, Attila. Lena Fedorova, director of the "Perspectives of the Earth" foundation of Jacuzia, notes that "the personal devotion of the head of Tula will have no consequences on public opinion, as tengrism is easily compatible with Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and other religions; it is the spirit of Genghis Khan, who took all religions under his protection”.

Ajsen Nikolaev, head of the northern Siberian republic of Jacuzia, is in turn a follower of tengrism, without renouncing Orthodox Christianity. Fedorova comments: "The national elite of the Jacuzi is made up of people who have a true devotion to the history and culture of their people; the republic is officially called Sakha, a term linked to the religion of the ancestors, to which places and objects of great importance are consecrated without thereby removing spaces from the structures of the Patriarchate of Moscow, as is also the case in other neighboring regions, such as Mirny and Aldan " . The local population, especially in recent years, seems to prefer pagan religious buildings to the Orthodox churches. Indeed, there are protests against their construction, in harmony with several other parts of Russia, due to the "aggressive" policy of the Moscow Patriarchate in church building.

Tengrism is not identified with shamanism, active in various Siberian regions, always with the support of local authorities, even if in some cases the two tendencies converge: on 26th May in Buryatia the temple “Tengeeri Ordoon” was opened, on the initiative of the local association of shamans. In these regions on the borders of Mongolia, the contamination of religions is frequent, a fact that dates to the times and the ideology of Genghis Khan.

The cult of the highland plains consecrated "by decree" to Tuva, is ancient, and dates back to about 10 thousand years ago, together with the cult of fire. These ancient phenomena of Asian paganism would also have had an influence on the development of Buddhism. In Buryatia Buddhism penetrated from Tibet, while Tuva would have spread a version of Buddhism linked to the Persian ancestry of Bactria, the Fergana Valley and the Hindu Kush. This type of Persian Buddhism would in turn have taken on characteristics of the Zoroastrian religion, such as the cult of lights and hills. In the western part of Tuva is the mountain of Sut-Khol, where the sacred lake of Khol is located, is dear to the Tengrian cults and to the Buddhists.

Local versions of this "rebirth of Siberian paganism" tell us that Genghis Khan was born in Russian territory, near Lake Baikal, and represents an example of Eurasian integration which is now new today, in view of a new world order that sees Russia and China (the whole of Asia) as centers of culture, economy and world power, in the name of the Son of the Eternal Heaven, priest and universal leader.