Photographer's Note

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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  • Copyright: Maria Ocampos (nikkitta) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2090 W: 17 N: 4178] (17068)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-06-19
  • Categories: Ceremony
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  • Date Submitted: 2012-08-17 16:48
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