2,000-year-old bronze ring for a bear to wear found in Siberia

Published on September 13th, 2013 | by Admin

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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’.

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Story: Anna Liesowska, The Siberian Times | Photo: Andrey Gusev

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