January 31, 2013

Mother Tree, Russia

Photograph by Justin Jin, Redux

Symbol of eternity, a "mother tree" overlooking frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia is wrapped in cloth offerings. Pilgrims from throughout Central Asia come to trees like this one to offer tea, milk, vodka, and candy and to adorn them with the ceremonial scarves, called khadag.

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