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Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets: Rituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia

Justine Buck Quijada

Abstract

History in the Soviet Union was a political project. From the Soviet perspective, Buryats, an indigenous Siberian ethnic group, were a “backward” nationality that was carried along on the inexorable march toward the Communist utopian future. When the Soviet Union ended, the Soviet version of history lost its power and Buryats, like other Siberian indigenous peoples, were able to revive religious and cultural traditions that had been suppressed by the Soviet state. In the process, they also recovered knowledge about the past that the Soviet Union had silenced. Borrowing the analytic lens of the ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, shamanism, ritual, secularism, indigenous peoples, Siberia, Russian Federation, anthropology of history, chronotope, Republic of Buryatia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190916794
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190916794.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justine Buck Quijada, author
Wesleyan University