Iomante ceremony

Iomante ceremony

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  • Iomante ceremony
  • In order to conduct the iymante Ainu ritual at the end of winter, they begin to hunt brown bears, who are sleeping in dens.
  • When they find a den with a bear and a newborn bear, the mother bear is killed, and the bear is taken with them to the village.
  • Bear is defined in any family, where they take care of him as if they were a human baby, and even, according to some information, are fed him with breast milk.
  • After living in a village for about a year or two, an imante ritual is appointed, to which the whole village gathers; on it, the bear cub is sacrificed, taken out of the cage, tied to a special post, installed in the center of the village, and holding his neck with logs on both sides, and at the end of the ceremony, he is finished and eaten his meat.
  • Murder is carried out by men by shooting a bear with arrows from bows; As a rule, the bear does not die immediately. When he is already very weak from injuries, one of the men comes up to him and makes a “shot at close range” in the neck or heart area, so that, if he has not yet died, finish off, after which he cuts his throat and drinks blood from there.
  • From the point of view of the Ainu religion, such a bear, aged 1-2 years, is interpreted as a kamui, which came into the world of people "to visit", taking the form of a brown bear, and now has to go back to the world of spirits with the help of a special "farewell ritual" that will suit him people thereby helping him
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