Buryat People

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Where they live:
Buryatia Russia with smaller groups in Mongolia and China
Total population:
500,000
Language Branch:
Altaic, Mongolic, Eastern, Oirat-Khalkha, Khalkha-Buriat, Buryat
Religion:
Tibetan Buddhism ("Lamaism") and Shamanism
Related to:
Mongolians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buryats
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buryat_language


About

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The Buryat are a Mongolic people living mostly in Buryatia, Russia with smaller groups in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia ,China. Other Buryats live in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia (China). Their main religion is Tibetan Buddhism but it is mixed with traditional beliefs and shamanism.



Buryats are the closest to Mongolian people of Mongolia but also close to many Turkic peoples of Siberian like the Yakut Sakha, Tuvan and the Manchu Tungusic peoples. .



Culture

3555100481_968932df8c.jpg Buryats, like their close relatives the Mongolians, traditional have a nomadic society. Other things they share is living in yurts (Gers) and animal herding. Also they share about the same shamanism costumes. One shamanism custom is the bird poles. They are used to ward off evil. The poles can be seen all over Siberia. They are used by the Manchu Tungusic peoples , the Yakut Sakha and Koreans. Buryats also drink Koumiss (Milk drink), practice archery and traditional wrestling like their Mongolian brothers and Turkic cousins. Their costumes are also close to the Mongolians and Tuvans.

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Language


They speak an Mongolic language which is very close to Mongolian. It is mostly written in Cyrillic alphabet. Before that it was written in the Mongolian script. Like other Altaic languages the word order is SOV (Subject Object Verb).


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Words in Buryat
English
Sain baina uu
Hello


(If you have other words please add)















Music Samples

http://www.ilike.com/artist/Namgar/track/River+jaraahai

(Working to find other links)
Amar Mende (YouTube link)


Videos

Lets explore the Buryat people and culture with these videos.
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Videos About Culture, Music or Dance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc4FwSqxkRk
Buryats from Buryatia, Russia do a folk dance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9g-gQ75NdM
Buryats from Inner Mongolia, China do a folk dance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBqssUv5YCk
Buryats of Buryatia Russia sing a folk song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N13wtdxKSww
Inner Mongolian singings perform a favorite Buryat folk song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYarK503foo
Buryat Folk music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwHh7JfcPwc
Buryat Dances