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Sacred Faces of the Great Forest

More than one hundred years have passed since the scholarly world of imperial Russia heard for the first time the legendary stories about the life of the Ostyak heroes written down in the depth of the Irtish taiga by Serafim Patkanov. Full of mysterious images, a sombre taiga atmosphere, vivid and unexpected epithets and contrasting comparisons, with a rhythm of repetitions that was alien to a “civilized” listener’s ear, these stories acquainted contemporaries with the world of Western Siberian natives...

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