The tree with children’s souls

A legend about how barren Udihe women from the past managed to get pregnant with the help of shamans. The legend says that shamans would travel to the sky, far away until the land of the fairy, where they could choose a child from the tree of children’s souls.

Recording: Udihe videos were recorded by Maria Tolskaya, some with participation of Elena Perekhvalskaya, in 2006 in the village Krasnyy Yar and in 2011 in the village Agzu.

Illustration: Ivan Dunkay, “Lovla, Udihe Mother”, Watercolour, 30 x 60 cm. 2006.