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G.F. Müller: On Peoples’ Spiritual Qualities

A noticeable event in the cultural and academic life of the year 2009 was the first edition in the Russian language of the fundamental ethnographic work "The Description of Siberian peoples" by G. F. Müller, an outstanding explorer of the 18th century Siberia, a member of the Second Kamchatka Expedition (he was 27 when he set off). Müller's Siberian heritage counts scores of monographs and papers on local history and geography, maps, historical and geographical descriptions of the uezds...

Modified: 30.08.2010
indigenous peoples of Siberia , ethnography , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller
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"My Longing to Serve Society..."

... various real things – be they associated with an event or a bright personality. Yet this amazement is always mixed with bitterness because such evaluations ultimately distort real life, banishing what can properly be described as “alive.” Gerhard Friedrich Mueller — a Man and Scholar This is always associated with ideology, since any ideology writes history according to itself. Meanwhile drops of water wear away a stone. A word repeated a thousand times becomes a stereotype. It is easier ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , expedition , Siberia
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A Description of Siberian Peoples. Indigenous Peoples of Siberia: Marriage and Family

G. F. Mueller was an outstanding investigator of Siberia, a member of the academic detachment of the Second Kamchatka Expedition organized in 1733–1743. In the course of his decennial peregrination, he was the first among Russian researchers to carry out comprehensive comparative studies of the ethnic history, languages, social relations, material and spiritual cultures of all indigenous peoples of Siberia. Mueller’s works written during the expedition and devoted to these topics are about 3,000...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Siberia , expedition , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , husband , bride , kalym , bridegroom , wife , marriage , family
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Pagan Belief and Customs. Description of the Yakut Custom of Sacrifice

A significant place in the expedition notes of G. F. Mueller is given to the characteristic of the religious culture of the Siberian aboriginals, their world views. The traveler’s notes represent the following materials in the most profound manner: deities and spirits, their influence over people’s fate; shamans as the intermediaries between people, deities and spirits; human and animal soul; conception of disease and death; funeral cult and the other world; totem, trade, kin, and family cults; cult...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Siberia , Yakuts , shaman , sacrifice , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller
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Following Gerhard Friedrich Mueller's Route

... First Hand issues 0 and 2 of 2004 and 1 and 2 of 2005 The present publication is, in a sense, a report on these journeys that were devoted to the father of Siberian historiography and ethnography as well as to academic research of Siberia as a whole. Gerhard Friedrich Mueller in person acted as our virtual fellow traveler and guide, that is, the texts imprinted in italics were taken from his travel notes and field journals.* Surgut The city founded in 1594 on the site of the former Ostyak fortress ...

Modified: 30.01.2006
Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , Siberia , Ob , church , expedition , Ostyaks , Second Kamchatka expedition
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Yoghurt a la Yakut

Yoghurt has become a hallmark food of civilized society, which proceeded from concerns about subsistence to caring for health. This sour-milk food is tasty, light, and well balanced. Advertisements and service counters lure people into buying new achievements of food technologies — “neo”-products with wonderful bacteria, cereals, and “biofibers”… But, as we know, everything old is new again. To make sure, it suffices to take a short tour back to the history of traditional nutrition systems This publication...

Modified: 30.01.2006
Yakutia , Yakuts , food , milk , koumiss , kumis , yogurt , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller
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A Description of Siberian Peoples. Indigenous Peoples of Siberia: Marriage and Family

G. F. Mueller was an outstanding investigator of Siberia, a member of the academic detachment of the Second Kamchatka Expedition organized in 1733–1743. In the course of his decennial peregrination, he was the first among Russian researchers to carry out comprehensive comparative studies of the ethnic history, languages, social relations, material and spiritual cultures of all indigenous peoples of Siberia. Mueller’s works written during the expedition and devoted to these topics are about 3,000...

Modified: 30.05.2005
Second Kamchatka expedition , Siberia , expedition , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , husband , bride , kalym , bridegroom , wife , marriage , family
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"My Longing to Serve Society..."

... various real things – be they associated with an event or a bright personality. Yet this amazement is always mixed with bitterness because such evaluations ultimately distort real life, banishing what can properly be described as “alive.” Gerhard Friedrich Mueller — a Man and Scholar This is always associated with ideology, since any ideology writes history according to itself. Meanwhile drops of water wear away a stone. A word repeated a thousand times becomes a stereotype. It is easier ...

Modified: 30.01.2005
Second Kamchatka expedition , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , expedition , Siberia
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