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SiberiaA History of the People$
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Janet M Hartley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167948

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167948.001.0001

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Religion and Popular Beliefs

Religion and Popular Beliefs

(p.131) Chapter Ten Religion and Popular Beliefs

Janet M. Hartley

Yale University Press

This chapter examines religion and traditional beliefs in Siberia. Siberia was a place of exile or a place of refuge for Orthodox Christians who rejected the changes within the official Church—the Old Believers—and for members of dissident sects. It was home to Muslims, Buddhists, and people with animistic beliefs. While the clergy of the Orthodox Church tried to convert non-Christians, they also had to live alongside other faiths. The relationship between the official state religion and pagan and magical practices was complex in Russia, and became more so in Siberia due to the scarcity of clergy, the remoteness of many settlements, and the existence of strong traditional beliefs among the indigenous population.

Keywords:   Siberia, Siberian history, Orthodox Christians, religion, paganism, magical practices

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