A bronze ring which dates back 2,000 years has been found in Siberia. The diameter of the ring is too tiny for a human to where and it is believed the ring was used to adorn a bear’s claw as part of a bear cult.
‘The ring is tiny in diameter so even a young girl, let alone a woman, cannot wear it. We concluded that it was used in a ritual connected with a bear cult and was put on the bear claw.’
The theory is that the ring was fitted to the claw of a slain bear, an animal worshipped by ancient Khanty tribes as an ancestor and a sacred animal.
‘After killing the bear they had a bear festival to honour the animal’s memory’.
Story: Anna Liesowska, The Siberian Times | Photo: Andrey Gusev