Shaman’s drum. Yakuts. Zabaikalie. Late 19th century
Shaman’s drum is a symbolic image of an animal. This drum represents a horse on which the shaman made his ride to the other worlds during the ritual (kamlanie). During the ritual of bringing a life to a drum it was sang “Round drum I turn, make a powerful horse, turn, create, create a fast horse.” Though a drum has ledges on a rim which called “horns” it meant that previously a drum was understood as worshiped reindeer. As a rule there were no any images on the Yakut drums. Besides a drum was also a protector – a shell – for a Yakut shaman.