You will see these hitching posts in every area of residence of Buryat and Mongolian nomad tribes. Besides its practical use there’s also a sacred bit to it: if there’s a serge, it has an owner. Hitching posts were also used to mark stops and borders. For example, 4 serge mark the Barguzin valley, and 71 more serge mark the last walk of the great Buryat Lama of the 19th century, Sodoi Lama (Tsyden Soodoev). Buryat people had a habit of setting up a serge before a son’s wedding, and it didn’t matter if they were able to build a yurta for the newlywed, so serge was the primary source. And one more thing. Serge can’t be removed or relocated; it must decay by itself.