In most animistic and shamanic traditions you will find spirit dolls and spirit fetishes. These are sometimes in human or animal forms, and sometimes in more abstract forms.

The Mongolian word for these is ongon, which can be thought of a as a spirit house. Some are made of wood, some of metal, some of cloth, some of stone.

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 West of the USA, the Hopi people give their spirit dolls (called Katcina dolls) corn meal or flower pollen, in Siberia they often given vodka, reindeer blood, or butter.

From time to time, 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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HORSE IN FULL GALLOP (Item No. Ongon A01)

Price: £58 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China.
Age: unknown - not very old
Height: 130mm approx

A bronze horse in full gallop, with it's foot resting on a swallow to represent it's great speed.


BRONZE HORSE SEAL (Item No. Ongon A02)

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.


BRONZE HORSE SEAL (Item No. Ongon A03)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Inner Mongolia.
Age: unknown - it is probabaly not very old
Height: 94mm approx

A bronze protecting snow lion.


BRONZE STAGL (Item No. Ongon A04)

Price: £88 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China or Inner Mongolia.
Age: unknown - it is probabaly not very old
Width: 280mm approx

An attractive, Scythian style bronze stag.


ARCHER RIDING A TIGER (Item No. Ongon A05)

Price: £34 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: China
Age: Recently made
Width: 88mm approx

A charming, well carved jade of an archer shooting an arrow while riding on the back of a tiger.



HAND CARVED WOODEN SPIRIT OR ANCESTOR MASKS (Item No. Ongon A06)

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. Ongon A07)

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 A08)

Price: £34 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown - but probably some age
Height: 55mm
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, but it's heavy base means it can stand well on an altar.


SMALL BRONZE ONGON AMULET (Item No. Ongon A09)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

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

Small 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 DOUBLE SIDED ONGON AMULET (Item No. Ongon A10)

Price: £28 (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia, Northern China or Inner Mongolia
Age: unknown - probably only a little age
Height: 52mm
approx

Small light weight double sided ongon figure, both sides are the same.