IRON SHAMAN'S BIRDS - These birds, made of iron, and made by Neplease shamans for ceremony. They have stem under them that acts as a spike, enabling them to be pushed into wood or into the top of a wooden pole. Similar birds can be seen used by some Siberian shamans, either made of wood or of iron, and these are pushed into tall wooden poles around sacred areas.
Siberia, Mongolia or Tibet. Age: 30 -100 years approx Height: 77mm (3.1 inches) approx An unusual and unique bronze cross-shaped shamanic amulet. A cross like this represents the four quarters of the world - a powerful universal shamanic symbol. In Siberian shamanism objects like this would be worn or tied to a shamans coat or other object.
Uralic speakers in Western Siberia believed that the human soul does not die at the same time as the body. When the deceased had been buried, an image was made to which the spirit was thought to transfer. This image of the Khanty, (Ostyak)family "porongui" became a spirit honoured and worshiped by the kin. The iron staff symbolised the power of the progenitor. It was kept in a sacred Khanty site in a sacrificial storehouse and food was sacrificed