JOHOGOI AIYY (Johogoi God)
Friday, June 23, 2017 Start time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Arthouse Crouch End
(Sakha, Russian Federation 2016. Dir: Sergei Potapov. Yakut with English subtitles. 60 mins)
Every year the Yakut people of Sakha celebrate the festival of summer – Ysekh. This ethnic holiday celebrates the Aiyy deities and the revival of nature; it embraces ritual prayers, dancing, and horse races. JOHOGOI AIYY is a serene deity worshipped by people. He gave horses to humans, and now is the heavenly patron of horse raising. In the majority of recorded songs and legends Johogoi is a male creature, but in some of them it has feminine gender and is called sylgy aiyhyta. This film tells the story of a boy called Johogoi, who came to Ysekh on his horse. It is his first time to attend a big festival, where he will meet different people, see amazing horses and hear delightful singing. And it is here, at the Ysekh, where he will meet the one who seems to have emerged from his dreams...
UK Premiere at ORIGINS.
Followed by a Q&A with Graham Harvey, Professor of Religious Studies at the Open University.