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In my yesterday post,I wrote about my TE-birthday and as it was a long note, I didn't write about the meaning of this "decorative" tree. The colourful ribbons tied around the trees, or on the totem poles, are something similar to the Tibetan prayer flags, no less interesting.

Baikal Lake is unique in the world. Many "ests" in the world.

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 2223% of the world's fresh surface water, it contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined. (!)
With a maximum depth of 1,642 m Baikal is the world's deepest lake. It is considered among the world's clearest lakes and is considered the world's oldest lake, at 2530 million years. It is the seventh-largest lake in the world by surface area.

Baikal is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which are endemic to the region. It is also home to Buryat tribes, residing on the eastern side of the lake, raising goats, camels, cattle, sheep, and horses.
Set in the pristine waters of Lake Baikal, the island of Olkhon has been the centre of Buryat Shamanism for centuries. As tourism and ecological damage sets in, is this native spirituality now under threat?
Shamanism is not a religion. There is no fixed dogma, no strict set of beliefs and no sacred book. It is more a way of life, built around the belief that the visible world is penetrated by invisible energy forces and a spirit world that affects our lives. The most powerful shamans are believed to maintain the ability to heal the sick, control the weather and act as mediums between both worlds. At its core, shamanism is about spiritual healing through the strengthening of our human connection to nature. The word shaman means one who knows.

Two more photos in Workshops.
Main one in a big format:
https://i1.trekearth.com/photos/76332/zzsam_1558.jpg

Sunrise:
https://i1.trekearth.com/photos/76332/zzdsc00391.jpg
The cliffs:
https://i1.trekearth.com/photos/76332/zzsam_1527.jpg

I found Baikal so marvellous, away of civilization, pristine. I was a bit sad and disappointed that I failed to present it in the interesting way :(.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12733 W: 133 N: 32927] (151015)
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