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To ask for health from Shumak

Source:  Buryatia. The sunny side of Baikal. - Ulan-Ude, 2010. - H. 50-51.

From the time immemorial the Buryats had a belief mat this Is a sacred land and that is why everybody coming here can get cured from any illnesses Shumak is a mountain pass in Eastern Sayan mountains: the place of severe taiga forest and rapid mountain rivers, which create certain noise, which in the long run was the reason why the place was called Shumak («Noisy»).

Shumak boasts over hundred natural springs rich in mineral salts and therapeutic muds. And people come here on foot or by horse, or even by helicopter to return the lost health.

Shumak of Tunka is a special, stunning mysterious beauty. Shumak changes people for better with its unreal, as if from some fantastic movie, craters and lakes at the foot of rocky mountains, icy rapid rivers and waterfalls, medicinal springs, powerful energy, scorching heat which is changed for cold and air, which you want to breath in enough for ten years to come.

They treat here everything: neurological diseases, heart, kidneys, liver, joints, skin and everything what aches. All the springs have their names - not official, but everyday names. But the names are just to-the-point and with sense of humour, for instance «male stubbornness» - cures impotence; «female whims» - cures frigidity.

Special indicators will prompt which spring to use. And they do not recommend to jump into all the springs at a time. You have to cure the illness which really is a problem. And it is amazing: both arshan (mineral water) and mud lose their therapeutical qualities outside Shumak.

That is why there is no point in filling all your bottles with local mineral water, trying to get it home.



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