Ovoos (Mongolian: овоо )
Are often found at the top of mountains and high places and at borders and cross-roads. They serve to help travelers in a country with few roads and fewer signs
Travelers in Mongolia should not pass by an ovoo without stopping. They are expected to stop and circle the ovoo three times in a clockwise direction. They should pick up a rock from the ground and add it to the pile before leaving.
Also, travelers may leave offerings in the form of money, milk…
Worshippers place a tree branch or stick in the ovoo and tie a blue khadag, (a ceremonial silk scarf) to the branch.
They then light a fire and make food offerings, followed by a ceremonial dance and prayers
What called my attention...
While traveling in the North of Argentina, high in the Andean Mountains,I found a very similar one, called in the Andean Region Apachetas, posted with this name in TE
It s found commonly in northwester of Argentina, Peru and Bolivia
Traveling through Calchaquies Valleys in Salta province it s common to see mounds formed by the accumulation intentional of stones of different sizes, carried by people, located on the sides of paths and roads of mountains, usually found in the highest parts
The size is very diverse, from small inches high above ground level to huge rock volumes whose base can have a diameter of approximately 10 meters and a height of three meters
People deposit there offerings to Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) to have a good trip
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jadesgran (4464) 2012-08-17 22:00
A very informative note - thankyou.
How interesting and much different to the usual pictures on T.E.
Best Wishes Gladys.
pajaran (45442) 2012-08-17 23:08
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o Ovoo i narodnom obicaju.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija i trenutak sa oblacima koji osvajaju nebo.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good text on Ovoo and folk custom.
Good image sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good composition and the moment the clouds that won the sky.
All the best for the weekend.
bukitgolfb301 (33708) 2012-08-18 1:01
Hi Hola dear Maria
I enjoy your Mongolian sereies very much. This is another amazing shot! I like the contarst of so fresh color of objects with typical summer sky with clouds.
Mongolia has so much unique culture and history. Your psoting makes me want to go there. Thanks for your sharing with finest work and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
danos (80873) 2012-08-18 2:23
very unusal for our eyes are these points to help travelers to find their ways in this country.
I like your informative note about the stones,the fires and so on,to do the place so invating and unique.
mohammad_H (8122) 2012-08-18 2:56
هماهنگی مطالب جامع مقاله و تصویر زیبای شما با بک گراند زیبای اسمان ابی
وضوح خوب و ترکیب مناسب
روز خوبی داشته باشید
Coordination of comprehensive content articles and beautiful pictures with beautiful blue sky background
Good sharpness and good composition
Have a nice day
holmertz (34533) 2012-08-18 4:37
This is an interesting and fascinating picture accompanied by a similarly interesting note. I could have seen this ovoo as a modern sculpture, strangely placed in the middle of nowhere, if I didn't read your note. The mound of offered stones is nicely matched by the natural hill behind it. It's a very well composed photo from a country I would really like to visit.
kato (11052) 2012-08-18 6:16
This is an interesting the pillar which is erected at a height like the summit of the mountain or a peak and which was built with the stone or the tree as you note. Although it has a role which shows the religious meaning of mountain worship, it also has a role of a land mark or a guidepost simultaneously. Ovoos is used also for the ceremony of the mountain worship mainly held in the end of summer, and seemingly, there is a custom in which fire is burned and a party is opened by a dance and food. It will be one tradition of a community. You're capturing well this landscape by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity. And, the loose mountain with the pavement and blue sky draw out an additional good atmosphere in this image.
Have a nice weekend.
ourania (22684) 2012-08-18 10:11
a wonderful composition that brings us close to this rare view and to an admirable antique tradition. The shape of the this large ovoo (must be very old) reflects the shape of the timeless distant hill. I love how the ovoo is harmoniously integrated in the marvellous land it belongs and its textures. Your lighting is excellent, the well defined colours and contrasts enhance the effectiveness of this lovely image. Congratulations and thank you! I have always been fascinated by this land, its people and customs although they are so unfamiliar. My fascination grew much more after I read Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong.
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
adramad (33546) 2012-08-18 15:35
Una historia muy singular en tu nota, imprescindible para entender la imagen, que resulta magnifica en el contraste, entre esta montaña de piedras apiladas en primer plano y la colina verde del fondo, en la cual llama la atencion ese camino tan bien trazado, que asciende hasta la cima.
Precioso cielo, tanto en color, como en nubes.
Original y magnifico trabajo.
Buen fin de semana.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-08-19 2:52
Esta foto es doblemente interesante, con notable relación con América del Sur. La composición, la luz y los colores son muy buenos. Bravo.
Graal (94110) 2012-08-19 23:50
amazing place and view from Mongolia. Good informations and photowork. I like it.
Have a nice week.
josepmarin (57267) 2012-08-20 0:52
una curiosa manera de señalizar los caminos salvajes de las tierras altas de Mongolia. Tu foto nos ofrece la potencia cromática de los colores de las telas que llenan este cúmulo de piedras, así como su contraste con los tonos verdes de la montaña al fondo y con el azul del cielo.
El resultado es magnífico, y nos permite conocer aspectos de este país que desconocíamos, en el más puro espíritu de TE.
Didi (53257) 2012-08-20 11:21
Le sujet est certes intéressant mais je note ici un excès de l'utilisation du filtre sharp.
Je me demande si il n'était pas possible de cadrer un peu plus large afin d'inclure tout le monticule de graviers ?
abmdsudi (36276) 2012-08-20 16:01
An image that looks simple but meaningful indeed. This probably also serves a location marker to guide the genral travelers I think, and judging by the mount of stones-rocks there, this must a common or popular route but more importantly is that, this upload enriches our knowledge unkwonn to us and sure a value to TE. Great capture, TFS
bertolucci (13356) 2012-08-24 11:56
A remarkable structure captured in beautiful and elegant way: the lines in the landscape and the contrast between the signal colours red and blue makes this a treat for the graphic eye.
Thanx for the interesting cross cultural note too.
Best regards from Rotterdam,
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-08-27 17:13
A very interesting composition of this mound formed by these different sizes of rocks.Nice colored sculptures on the mound. Nice blue sky and greeen mountain to add to the beauty.
mkamionka (28418) 2012-08-29 8:40
that is so interesting. I have never heard about it before. I remember traveling through the Death Valley in California which is kind of wide open space and the roads are sometimes rough there was a sign at a teakettle junction where people were putting tea kettles and that is how the name got the name from. It was very helpful in the place where the signs were scarse.
Nice composition with the hill in the back. Pleasant vivid colors too.
jmdias (50325) 2013-02-08 15:41
muy informativa la fotografía. si, me hace recordar las apachetas andinas, tal vez porque estos dos pueblos tengan raíces comunes. muy buena imagen con buen encuadre y definición. GPC las tradiciones de esta parte lejana del mundo.
Miguel82 (17293) 2013-11-07 12:32
Dear Maria, a remarkable animist site in the steppes of Mongolia, I like your superb presentation, high resolution, fine colors, all the best, thanks, good evening