Manila Bulletin: Mongolia – Hunting With Golden Eagles (Second of Five Parts)

In the home of the hunters, Altai golden eagles (“berkuts”) eat first; the master and his family, last. Kazakh “berkutchis” (eagle hunters) treat their eagles like their own children and revere them as protectors who ward off evil and guard their loved ones and their sacred hearths. Shamans often take on the spirit of eagles. They adorn babies’ cradles with the raptors’ beaks and talons as talismans. And “berkuts” heal. To calm down the deranged and ease the pain of childbirth, Kazakhs bring them an eagle and make them listen to the raptor’s call. To read the full article, click hereMongolia – Hunting With Golden Eagles (Second of Five Parts)

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