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Mongolian Ovoo in the Desert Steppes

A Ceremonial Rock Pile with Silk Scarves

Serving mainly as sites for the worship of Heaven and lesser gods led by shamans and elders, and sometimes even for Buddhist ceremonies, Ovoos are sacred stone heaps used as altars or shrines. Usually made from rocks with wood, they are often found at the top of mountains and in high places such as mountain passes. In modern times, some ovoos have developed into large and elaborate structures resembling temples more than simple altars.

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