Cape Shunte, Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, Buryatia, Eastern Siberia.

Shunte means 'larch'. Only larch trees grow on this spot.

The rocky outcrops on Olkhon Island have many legends attached to them, such as 'Deva Rock', said to be a woman turned to stone by the gods for envying her husband. Or the Cape of Three Brothers. In ancient times a father turned his three sons into eagles. The father advised the sons not to eat carrion and the sons promised not to. Once, whilst flying above the island they were very hungry and found a dead animal and began to eat. Their father found out what they had done and, in his fury, turned them into rocks. Olkhon Island is considered to be one of the five spiritual centres of Shamanism.

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