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IN THE LANDS OF RUSSIAN INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

The river of time is but a reflection of the past, present and future. The Indigenous People of the North Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation believe in that Air, Land and Water are blessed. https://intercontinentalcry.org/indigenous-peoples/komi/ They believe Nature is the source of life and that the man is a drop in the whirlpool of life. The way their ancestors lived in the past is how they live now and how their descendants will live in the future. There are over 100 identified ethnic groups in Russia, but only 41 of them are recognized as Indigenous people of the North, Siberia and the Far East. This group of people (fewer than 50,000 people) maintain a traditional way of life and is identified distinct ethnic group.

Their land of the dead was thought to be far to the north of the living, beyond mountains and forests. The Komi people are a Uralic ethnic group, whose homeland is in the north-east of European Russia. http://www.barentsinfo.org/Contents/Indigenous-people/Komi They belong to the Permian branch of the Finno-Ugric people. Most Komis belong to the Russian Orthodox Church (but their religion contains traces of pre-Christian beliefs). In the Komi’s religious creation myth the human soul had a double “ord”, that gives premonition of death (either to the person who is to die or to one of their family).

From the 12th century, the Russians began to expand into their region and the Komis people came into contact with Novgorodian traders in search of animal hides. In the 1500s, many Russian began to move into Komi’s region, beginning a process of colonisation. Now the Komi people live in the Republic of Komi, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Arkhangelsk Oblast and the Murmansk Oblast. For the Komi, the language is very important and during the past years much attention has been paid to their language. In the village of Lovozero (in the Murmansk Oblast), https://www.wikiloc.com/trails/outdoor/russia/murmansk-oblast/lovozero Komi have their own folklore group and there is a small Komi section in the local cultural centre.

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