The darkhans of Buryatia, a Buddhist region of Siberia, were craftsmen and blacksmiths highly esteemed for their artistic skills, ability to work with fire, and shamanistic talent. Dashi ...
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The darkhans of Buryatia, a Buddhist region of Siberia, were craftsmen and blacksmiths highly esteemed for their artistic skills, ability to work with fire, and shamanistic talent. Dashi Namdakov, a descant of darkhans, began to learn the craft not long after a Buryat shaman cured him of a life-threatening illness as a young man. Today he is internationally celebrated as an artist and sculptor. Namdakov carries on his ancestors' ways, working with fire and metal to create art that conveys a Buddhist-shamanic spirituality and a distinct flavor of the supernatural. This 2019 film by Kazakh director Gulshat Omarova offers a glimpse into Namdakov's fascinating life and the creative process that honors his Buryat roots.Written by
Some people, such as Dashi Namdakov, possess the rare the ability to create with a lasting energy that radiates from within their artwork. It may be childish to say, but I'd like to think that, on some elemental level, the wood, clay, metal, and whatever other materials he may choose to use, must be thankful, on some elemental level, that a person such as Dashi exists to transform them into something everlasting. We all hear the word 'power' a lot. It's deeply rooted in the languages of the world, and has been for ages. Lately, the word 'energy' has entered the world's lexicon in a more meaningful way, and I, for one, am thankful. Power fizzles. Power fades. Even suns burn out over time. ENERGY is what lasts.
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