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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ANCESTOR AMULETS (Item No. Shamanic Amulet 26 - Siberian Ongon 01)

Price: £64 a pair (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Southern Siberia
Age: Recently made.
Height: 90mm approx

A pair of bronze male and female ancestor aumlet ongons. Ongons like this represent shaman ancestors and are tied onto the coats of shamans or other objects.


ANCESTOR AMULETS (Item No. Siberian Ongon 02)

Price: £22 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Southern Siberia
Age: Recently made.
Height: 160mm approx

A clothancestor ongon with a coin for wealth around its neck. Such ancestor dolls are put on an altar for the ancestors to bless the household.


BRONZE ANTELOPE (Item No. Animal 02)

Price: £38 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Possibly Inner Mongolia or China.
Age: 30 - 50 years approx
Length: 130mm approx

This old statue was said to be from inner Mongolia when I obtained it, and there are elements of the design which make it look like this could be the case, but it also resembles African craftsmanship, so I am not totally certain where it comes from. It is an attactive statue and looks to be of lost-wax construction. It has some age and would make a nice animal spirit ongon.


BRASS TIGER (Item No. Animal 03)

Price: £38 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Inner Mongolia or China.
Age: 10 - 25 years approx
Length: 150mm approx

A attractive Chinese brass statue of a tiger.


BRONZE DEER (Item No. Animal 04)

Price: £32 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Inner Mongolia.
Age: 10 - 40 years approx
Height: 98mm approx

A rather charming, very stylised statue of a deer doe from Inner Mongolia.


BRASS GARUDA (Item No. Animal 05)

Price: £35 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Tibet, Mongolia, Inner Mongolia or Western China.
Age: unknown - it is probabaly not very old
Width: 94mm approx

A brass Garuda head. The Garuda is a mythical bird found in Siberian shamanism, Tibetan Buddhism and even down into SE Asian folk law. It is said to have a wing span of several miles and is similar to the North American Thunderbird.It is standing on it's hind feet and holds what appears to be a string of beads in it's front paws. On the back is a hole so it can be suspended or even worn as a large amulet if so disred.

This brass head can stand by itself, but also has two suspension holes allowing it to be hung up. It is well cast.


BRONZE HORSE SEAL (Item No. Animal 06)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Inner Mongolia.
Age: unknown - it is probabaly not very old
Width: 26mm approx

A small bronze or seal with a horse on it. It would make a nice small horse ongon on an altar.


HAND CARVED WOODEN SPIRIT OR ANCESTOR MASKS (Item No. Ongon Mask 01)

Price: £12 each (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Nepal.
Age: Recently Made
Height: around 100mm

These are recently carved small,simple wooden masks, made in Nepal. they are ideal as blank masks to work with to make ongons yourself, such as ancestor ongons. Many Siberian ongons consist of masks, either made of wood like these or made of metal. I bought a few of these for my own shamanic work and am offering some others to anyone else who wants to make use of them. Everyone is different.


CARVED JADE FIGURE OF A RAM (Item No. Jade 01)

Price: £29 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China.
Age: 5-20 years approx
Length: 60mm approx

A charming, fairly recently carved jade stone figure of a ram.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON AMULET (Item No. Ongon 01)

Price: £34 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown - but probably some age
Height: 51mm
approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

This ongon has no suspension hole.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON AMULET (Item No. Ongon 02)

Price: £34 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown - but probably some age
Height: 44mm
approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

This ongon has no suspension hole.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON AMULET (Item No. Ongon 03)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown - but probably some age
Height: 51mm
approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

This ongon has no suspension hole.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON AMULET (Item No. Ongon 04)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown - but probably some age
Height: 41mm
approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

This ongon has no suspension hole.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON AMULET (Item No. Ongon 07)

Price: £34 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown - but probably some age
Height: 52mm (2.0 inches) approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

This ongon has no suspension hole.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON AMULET (Item No. Ongon 08)

Price: £34 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown - but probably some age
Height: 46mm approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

This ongon has no suspension hole.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON SEAL AMULET (Item No. Ongon 09)

Price: £18 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown
Height: 40mm approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure in the form of a seal. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

A small old bronze ongon buudaly in the form of a seal. It sits well on it's square seal base.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON SEAL AMULET (Item No. Ongon 10)

Price: £22 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown
Height: 44mm approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure in the form of a seal. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

A small old bronze ongon buudaly in the form of a seal. It sits well on it's square seal base.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON SEAL AMULET (Item No. Ongon 11)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown
Height: 51mm approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure in the form of a seal. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

A small old bronze ongon buudaly in the form of a seal. It sits well on it's square seal base.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON SEAL AMULET (Item No. Ongon 12)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown
Height: 51mm approx

Small standing bronze ongon figure in the form of a seal. Small bronze figures like this are called 'buudaly' in Siberia, and are said to have fallen or been thrown down from the sky. Sometimes they are found in wild places and that is probably where the story of them having come from the sky originates.

Shamans use these small bronzes, especially the ones with suspension holes, to represent their spirit helpers or the ancestors. Often they tie them onto clothes or drums or other objects.

A small old bronze ongon buudaly in the form of a seal. It sits well on it's square seal base.