Above Above left: Nenet dolls from Siberia. Above right: A Nepalese Shamans spirit doll.
Above: ongon dolls from the Evenk people of Siberia.
In most shamanic traditions you will find spirit dolls and spirit fetishes. The Mongolian word for these in ongon, which can be thought of a as a spirit house. Some are made of wood, some of metal, some of cloth. Some are inthe shape of beings or figures, others are more abstract.
Ongons are put on an altar, tied to a shamans coat or drum or other object, or put in special shrines in nature to overlook a specific location. They are often given meals of ritual food, in the South Aest of the USA the Hopi people give thier spirit dolls (called Katcina dolls) corn meal or flower pollen, in Siberia they often given vodka and reindeer blood or butter.
Some of the objects on this page are actual ongons from shamanic cultures, others are new items that could be easily used as ongons. to have an ongon of your spirit helpers on your altar is a nice way to connect with them.
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