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Russian Siberians of the 18th Century and Alcoholism

... interpreted their own observations. We should bear in mind, though, that these observations were not completely impartial — the members of the expedition were not determined teetotalers. The academic detachment always had a good stock of liquor — vodka and European wines, especially Rhine wine. Another important comment is that the travelers were very different characters, and their views on liquor and drinking were not the same, which is probably explained by the differences in their origin, ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , expedition , Siberia , vodka , wine , Steller , Gmelin , alcohol
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Alcohol and Hallucinogens in the Life of Siberian Aborigines

... with his own observations of South Siberian peoples, the scholar came to the conclusion that the technology had not virtually changed in the five centuries. As a rule, those who made kumis also produced from it a strong alcoholic drink called milk vodka. The scholars disagreed only as far as the Yakuts were concerned: Gmelin referred them to the group of peoples who made vodka from kumis while Müller asserted the opposite. The latter described the technology of vodka production as follows: “Pagan ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Siberia , Siberian peoples , Siberian aborigines , fly-agarics , kumis , vodka , wine , tobacco , Krasheninnikov
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Alcohol and Hallucinogens in the Life of Siberian Aborigines

... them with his own observations of South Siberian peoples, the scholar came to the conclusion that the technology had not virtually changed in the five centuries. As a rule, those who made kumis also produced from it a strong alcoholic drink called milk vodka. The scholars disagreed only as far as the Yakuts were concerned: Gmelin referred them to the group of peoples who made vodka from kumis while Müller asserted the opposite. The latter described the technology of vodka production as follows: “Pagan ...

Modified: 25.04.2007
Siberia , Siberian peoples , Siberian aborigines , fly-agarics , kumis , vodka , wine , tobacco , Krasheninnikov
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Russian Siberians and Alcohol. Based on the Papers of the Second Kamchatka Expedition

... building a most powerful empire in the world history. There is something wrong about it — too much passion in these talks about the “universal alcoholism” of Russians and too many extreme views. Our compatriots have long gotten used to treating vodka as something almost sacred, something exclusively Russian, but in the last fifteen years they have been able to compare. The comparison proves paradoxical — Europeans drink at least as much as we do but liquor is not a domineering feature of their ...

Modified: 30.12.2006
Siberia , Second Kamchatka expedition , Steller , Gmelin , alcohol , vodka , wine , Irkutsk , Yakutsk , Kamchatka
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