Mammoth Christmas Greetings Submitted by Yuri Klitsenko, Russia
This is Bull of Frost (Chys Khan), which is Yakutian colleague of Russian Grandpa Frost (Ded Moroz) and Santa Claus.
Bull of Frost dwells in Tomtor, Oymiakon ulus, which is the coldest place in Siberia.
Winter lasts for 9 months in Tomtor, where the lowest temperature registered in Tomtor is -71,2 degrees Celsius.
Due to the climate, there are no bulls or cows there.
Scholars confirm that Bull of Frost is actually Mammoth, which is important personage in shamanic traditions.
For example, a large wooden representation of Mammoth was in a western "gallery" of Evenk shaman's tent etc.
Recently Yakutian Bull of Frost-Mammoth befriended Russian Grandpa Frost (Ded Moroz) and became popular in Russia. However some Christians are not happy to see their children playing with "Shaman's Mammoth".
Russian Christmas with father frostAlso featuring the new year pig and a skeleton. Apparently father frost is a throwback from the Soviet era, he's basically santa but wears blue etc.
Russian Orthodox Cathedral built by Tsar Nicolas in 1912in Nice, Italy
Small Russian Nativity Figures Small Cast Stone Nativity Sculpture (made in U.S.A.)