Camel burning shaman says Kadyrov does the same every year
Artur Tsybikov, who refers to himself as Deputy Supreme Shaman of Russia, is trying to justify the Zhen Tengery Yaba ritual, which caused public outrage. He noted that the head of Chechnya does the same every year, burning five camels.
The Buryat shamans, who burned five camels for a sacrifice, explained what their rite was about. The ceremony, which has received quite a negative response, was held at the end of January in Angarsk.
Artur Tsybikov, who refers to himself as Deputy Supreme Shaman of Russia, told Kommersant that the shamans had been called from a farm and told that "they have five very aggressive males and they would like to get rid of them." He stressed that the animals were not burned alive but were killed first.
“Ramzan Kadyrov burns five camels every year, yet no one seems to care,” Tsybikov said when asked about possible disapproval from ecologists and people.
Apparently, Tsybikov was referring to the holy Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, when cows, camels or sheep are sacrificed. Lenta.ru notes that Kadyrov’s family village of Tsentaroy always celebrates the holiday with a sacrifice. Last time it happened was in August 2018, when an animal was sacrificed from each member of the Kadyrov family.
The video of a ritual called Zhan Tengeri Yaba was uploaded online in early February, but it was not until a few weeks later that it got media attention. Shamans from a Buryat religious center Tengeri condemned the sacrifice and said the rite was barbaric. The prosecutor's office of the Irkutsk region is carrying out an inspection to see what it was really about.