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Sacred Faces of the Great Forest

... with white tin and only had holes for the eyes and the mouth” 3 . Gregory Novitsky, close to Hetman Mazepa, who was exiled to Siberia by Peter the Great in 1712 and became the first ethnologist of the Ostyak world by the decree of fate, cited analogous data. He wrote, specifically, that in Shokor yurts he saw the idols of the Khantys, which looked like “a small log in the middle, more than fifty years old, covered with cloth, with a tin mask on the top, with little resemblance to a human being.” Novitsky especially emphasized that the revered idol was “carved ...

Modified: 30.01.2005
mask , helmet , menkvy , Siberia , hero , idol
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