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Humanitarian sciences in Siberia

2012 year, number 2

The Notion of Soul in the Even and Evenk Traditions

G.N. Varavina
Keywords: indigenous numerically small peoples of the North, Tungus-speaking ethnic groups, spiritual culture, conceptions of soul, semantics of thread and hair
Pages: 93-100


The article provides a valuable overview of the traditional concepts of human nature shared by the Tungus-speaking ethnic groups (Evens and Evenks). The author reviews evidence gained from ethnographic and folklore research findings in an effort to describe traditional concepts of soul and relevant ritual practices.