Between heaven and Earth

Between heaven and earth: the yurt and its spiritual meaning

In the ancient tradition of the Mongolian tent, Gher is much more than a simple tent to shelter from the weather: the Yurt is the representation of the universe.

The roof of the tent is the sky and the hole to let the smoke out is the sun. The central heart of the tent contains all five elements of the earth – earth, wood, fire, metal and water.

The fire in the center of the tent is sacred, its name is Buryat and preserves the divinities of the house, it is honored every morning with offers. The fire does not burn waste and guests cannot use it to make torches and the like.The two roof poles that support the crown have great symbolic importance as they unite the earth with the sky, this union creates the balance that supports the whole structure (and symbolically the universe).