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SHAMAN'S BLACKSMITH TOOL AND WEAPON SETS

A set of miniature weapons and blacksmith's tools are a traditional part of many shaman's equipment, especially with Buryat and many Mongolian shamans. The tools represent the blacksmith spirit Damjin Dorlig, who makes and empowers all the weapons and armour of a shaman and the spirits of thse small tools aid the shaman in their work as the shaman can call upon them while they are in trance.

Items vary, sometimes swords and shields, keys to locks, hammers, saws, bows and arrows, axes, smoothing irons, metal cutters, boats, ladders, minuture horse equipment such as stirups and mouth bits, and other items.

Here is a film of a Buryat shaman talking about the tools on his bardag blessing wand.


STEEL SHAMAN'S BLACKSMITH TOOLS (Item No. Ritual A06)

Price: £105 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Southern Siberia
Age: New.
Length of longest tool excluding ring: 90mm approx

This Shaman's blacksmith tool set was hand made specifically for 3Worlds by a Buryat shamanic blacksmith in Southern Siberia.


STEEL SHAMAN'S BLACKSMITH TOOLS (Item No. Ritual A11)

Price: £85 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Southern Siberia
Age: New.
Length of longest tool excluding ring: 90mm approx

This Shaman's blacksmith tool set was hand made specifically for 3Worlds by a Buryat shamanic blacksmith in Southern Siberia.


MONGOLIAN SHAMAN'S FACE MASK (ONGOI) (Item No. Ritual A14)

Price: £38 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Inner Mongolia
Age: Unknown
Length of fringe: 280mm approx

Shamans from Siberia generally wear some sort of fringed ritual mask. This is to hide their eyes from ordinary people when spirits take them over, and also to act as a screen - an 'eye curtain' - in order to help them go into trance.

This is a beautifully made, simple traditional Mongolian shaman's facemask. It has ties on each side so it can be fixed around the head and a fringe which hangs over your own face to obscure your vision.

This is a simple facemask which could be futher decorated - by adding fabric, feathers, beads and embroidered eyes etc - if you so wished.


MONGOLIAN SHAMAN'S SNAKE (Item No. Ritual A15)

Price: £19 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia
Age: New
Length: 980mm approx

These are hand made traditional shaman's snakes from Mongolia, meant to be attached to the back of shaman's coats. They are made of black material with a head with glass bead eyes.

Normally there would be many of these or similar snakes fixed to the back of the coat. When being fixed to the coat on no account are they to be stitched to the coat directly. To stick a needle into the snake is considered very bad and should never be done as it is said it will annoy the snake spirit which will seek revenge on you. Instead you stitched the snake by making a loop or series of loops which holds the snake against the coat and stops it falling off.


SHAMAN'S IRON MINITURE WEAPON (Item No. Ritual A19)

Price: £32 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: a few years
Length: 134mm approx

A small shaman's ritual weapon or tool in the shape of an machette. A hand forged iron blade set into a wooden handle.


MONGOLIAN SHEEP'S KNUCKLE BONE DIVINATION SET (Item No. Ritual A20)

Price: £26 (including postage worldwide)

(Mongolian: shagai)
Origin: Mongolia
Age: new

This is a set of four Mongolian divinations bones made from the knuckle bones of sheep. They are used by Mongolian shamans, and are also used to play popular games and for fortune telling by the general population.

A good description of how to use them for shamanic work can be found in the book 'Riding Windhorses' by the late Mongolian/American shaman Sarangerel.

They are in a brocade bag to keep them safe and also come complete with a set of meanings in both English and Mongolian. They make a beautiful set and you can easily add them to your shamanic practice if you wish by reading Sarangerel's book.

Bags vary in design.


MONGOLIAN SHAMAN'S TASHUUR SNAKE WHIP (Item No. Ritual A21)

Price: £58 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia
Age: New
Length (including khadag): 1100mm approx

Mongolian shaman's snake whip. The snakes represent the water spirits, and the rainbow nature of the whip is used to drive and sweep away unhelpful energies around people, and thus help with their healing. They are made of brocadeset into a blue brocade end part which is dressed.

Two whips in stock.


RITUAL OFFERING SPOONS

Ritual spoons are used by many shamans and others to make offerings of various substances.

They are used by Mongolian, Tuvan and Siberian shamans to offer milk to the heavens. These spoons are generally made of wood, and often divided into 9 small compartments. They are an important part of a shaman's tool box, but they are also used by non-shamans who traditionally greet each day by flicking milk to the sky powers.

Metal spoons may be used in the Tibetan Buddhist tSog ritual, a ritual meal given to the local land spirits, guardians and protectors and the Buddhas.

Some metal spoons are also used to pour oil onto fires as a sacred offering to the fire spirit.

A Mongolian woman offers milk to the sky from out of a kettle

SIBERIAN SHAMAN'S RITUAL OFFERING SPOON (Item No. Ritual A22)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Southern Siberia
Age: Recently made
Length (excluding blue silk ribbons): 170mm approx

These are recently made, Siberian shaman's carved wooden ritual offering spoon.

Spoons like this - often divided into 9 small compartments - are designed to offer milk (or at times vodka) the sky spirits of the upperworld. They are an important part of a shaman's tool box, but they are also used by non-shamans who traditionally greet each day by flicking milk to the sky powers.


SIBERIAN SHAMAN'S RITUAL OFFERING SPOON (Item No. Ritual A23)

Price: £38 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia
Age: Recently made
Length (excluding blue khadag scarf): 240mm approx

These are recently made, Siberian shaman's carved wooden ritual offering spoon.

Spoons like this - often divided into 9 small compartments - are designed to offer milk (or at times vodka) the sky spirits of the upperworld. They are an important part of a shaman's tool box, but they are also used by non-shamans who traditionally greet each day by flicking milk to the sky powers.


OLD RITUAL OFFERING SPOON (Item No. Ritual A24)

Price: £18 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 20-25 years
Length (excluding blue khadag scarf): 230mm approx

Spoons like this are designed to offer milk (or at times vodka) the sky spirits of the upperworld. They are an important part of a shaman's tool box, but they are also used by non-shamans who traditionally greet each day by flicking milk to the sky powers.


TSOG SPOON (Item No. Ritual A25)

Price: £68 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 20-80 years
Length: 115mm approx

A nice old ritual white metal tSog spoon (probably silver) with good patina, It has a five real turquise stones set into the centre of it.

It could be used as sTog spoons or as ritual spoon for shamanic use.


TSOG SPOON (Item No. Ritual A26)

Price: £32 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 20-40 years
Length: 122 mm approx

A ritual white metal tSog spoon, used for ritual food offerings in Tibetan Buddhist and Bonpo ceremonies. It has a faux coral set into the centre of it.

It could be used as sTog spoons or as ritual spoon for shamanic use.


TSOG SPOON (Item No. Ritual A27)

Price: £32 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 20-40 years
Length: 121 mm approx

A ritual white metal tSog spoon, used for ritual food offerings in Tibetan Buddhist and Bonpo ceremonies. It has a faux turquoise set into the centre of it.

It could be used as sTog spoons or as ritual spoon for shamanic use.


OFFERING SPOON (Item No. Ritual A28)

Price: 28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 20-40 years
Length: 169 mm approx

A ritual bronze offering spoon, used for pouring oil onto small ritual fires in ceremonies.

It could be used as a ritual spoon for shamanic use.