a yurt in the yard

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straight from the camera, as it is. Shutter speed 1/60; aperture f4.0; focal length 5.20mm; ISO 100

The ger, or yurt as it is commonly called, is probably about 2,500 years old. There is evidence that they were first used by the Scythian and Pazaryk people 2,500 years ago. The mongol ger is the most commonly used yurt today, and is home to three quarters of Mongolia’s people.
The floor of the 13th Century yurk was covered with felts, skins and rugs which were laid over a bed of dried grasses. A heart or cooking are occupied the centre and an opening in the centre of the roof, where the poles met, servied as a smoke hole as well as a source of light.
You always entered facing in and exited by backing out; the wooden threshold was always stepped over, rather than on, which could prove difficult when leaving.
On the right side of the yurt was reserved for women and the equipment needed to keep their household running. Glazed earthenware water jugs, wooden buckets of milk, baskets of cheeses and strings of dried curd were hung there. A low folding table, carved with religious symbols occupied the north side on the yurt, which served Buddhist Mongolians and Tibetan monks on the thirteenth century as an altar. The altar marked the division between the woman’s side and men’s slide on the left. A Tibetan altar would contain clay or painted images of Buddha, a butter lamp, a bowl of holy water, and holy scriptures wrapped in a yellow scarf.
This yurt has taken the concept of the 13th Century altar and place of worship, and transformed them, placing a small table as an altar and Christian religious symbols inside to make this a wonderful house of prayer.

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  • C J Lewis
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