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[The Shaman Rock as seen from Khuzhir, looking west and south across Lake Baikal]

Khuzhir (Russian: Хужир) is an rural locality (a settlement) in Olkhonsky District of Irkutsk OblastRussia, located on the west side of the Olkhon Island, the largest island in Lake Baikal. Population: 1,251 (2010 Census);[1]1,148 (2002 Census);[2]1,219 (1989 Census).[3]

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Heart of Baikal by Elena Anosova

Welcome to Friday!

I love a lot about this photograph: the rocks that seem to glow; the sunset; the moon; the glassy water. Sadly, the original photo page has very little information about the location. So I did some research.

The more I research about this rock and the lake it edges on, the more I want to visit. Here’s what I found:

Rock name: Shaman Rock (Russian: (Байкал, Ольхон, Бурхан,) Шаманка)
Location: Lake Baikal, Russia (technically, Schamanenfelsen, Olchon Island, Insel Olchon, Lake Baikal, Baikalsee, Russia [1])
Coordinates: 53°203693′N 107°339001′E (map)

Lake catchment area: 560,000 km2 (216,000 sq mi)
Lake max. depth: 1,642 m (5,387 ft) - Deepest lake in the world.
Lake age: Estimated 25-30 million years - One of the most ancient lakes in the world.

Lake Baikal freezes over between the months of January-May. Discover more awesomeness about this lake on Wikipedia.

Here’s how Roberto Quijada describes this area on the photograph he took:

Olkhon Island

, located off the Irkutsk side of the lake, is considered the sacred center of Lake Baikal. There are four tiny villages on the island, and it can only be reached by ferry. Despite no running water and no electricity, it is a wonderful place to visit, with beautiful beaches, gorgeous views of the lake, and no mosquitos. One of the benefits of no electricity is that the night sky is filled with the most amazing stars. I really regret that I was too busy staring with my mouth open to shoot any star shots. I hope this doesn’t change when the island gets electricity later this summer. Many of the shots feature shaman rock, the most famous landmark on Olkhon.

See more Shaman Rock photos on Panoramio and Flickr.

Discovered via the 500px homepage.


Nature painted on the Shaman Rock face of the Dragon. Valentin Khagdaev - head shaman Olkhon. Lake Baikal, Olkhon Island, Khuzhir. August 1, 2009

На Шаман-скале сама природа нарисовала лик дракона. Главный шаман Ольхона Валентин Хагдаев. Озеро Байкал, остров Ольхон, поселок Хужир. 1 августа 2009

From National Geographic Photo Of The Day; March 14, 2013:

Lake Baikal, Siberia Carolyn Drake, National Geographic

The peaks of Burkhan, or Shaman, Rock rise like twin spires from Siberia’s Lake Baikal, the world’s largest body of fresh water. People across Asia believe that spirits associated with Baikal live in this rocky outcropping on Olkhon Island, destination of a steady stream of pilgrims.

See more pictures from the December 2012 feature story "Masters of Ecstasy.“

alexneal83 asked:

About to bombard you with nerdy Tigerlung questions my bro: 1. what inspired the idea of Tigerlung and his world? 2. How old is he? 3. Do you have his whole life and back story and family history written out? 4. Do you have endgame for the series or do you just wing it as you go along? 5. What's next for Tigerlung? Will he ever get a dog companion ( it's something that I've always been curious about early man and that no one I can think of has ever explored in fiction) ?

Thanks for the questions Alex! 

1: Aside from a lifelong love of archeology and paleontology, two things really pushed me towards making this story. The first was “Mind in the Cave” (a gift from my ex), a really amazing book that connects modern-ish knowledge about the shamanic rock art of the San bushmen of South Africa with the paleolithic cave art of western Europe, and makes some more general conclusions about humanity, religion and art, etc, from there. The second was the “Flashman” series, some awesome historical fiction where a cowardly british cavalry officer fucks and finagles his way across the late 1800s - like a greasy old-timey forrest gump. The idea of a flawed protagonist stumbling through all the paleolithic stuff i wanted to talk about was the catalyst that helped pull it together, into Tiger Lung.

2: The stories in the Tiger Lung book take place at different times across his life, but the last story (where TL is a bit more scarred up, and missing an eye) TL is probably in his early thirties.

3: Part of the fun for this character is building him up story by story. I know Tiger Lung’s general temperament, and how it would generally change with age, but I’ve got a lot more to learn about him yet.

4: I don’t have a grand overarching plotline for Tiger Lung - for the moment, it’s going to be a space to work on ideas about ancient societies, the supernatural, and man’s place in paleolithic ecology. It might turn into something more singularly focused eventually, but who knows.

5: Well, in my mind, Tiger Lung is set before the domestication of the wolf, which kind of cuts him out of any animal companion adventure stuff… but i agree that it’s a fascinating idea that doesn’t get explored in fiction too often. The times I’ve seen it explored usually err on the side of the exceptional (ie, the character is the first person to ever think of helping a wounded animal, raising a wolf pup etc), but i imagine the process of domestication was something a more multi-pronged and banal (people raising captured or found wolf pups occasionally, over generations of improving relations between humans and specific groups of increasingly parasitic wolves). Maybe a tiger-lung story set among a people with neighbourly relations with their local scavenger wolf pals would be a place to start… Casual human-wolf hangouts?


Dirty Diana - Shamans Harvest