Lehtisalo, T. V.. Sketch of a mythology of the Yurak Samoyed

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Title: Sketch of a mythology of the Yurak Samoyed

Published By: Helsinki: Société Finno-ougrienne, 1924. HRAF ms: 2, 184 p.: ill.

By line: Toivo V. Lehtisalo

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Nenets (RU41)

Subjects: Visual arts (5311); Magical and mental therapy (755); Mythology (773); Cosmology (772); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Spirits and gods (776); Ethnometeorology (821); Sacred objects and places (778); Magicians and diviners (791); Music (533); Ethnogeography (823); Prayers and sacrifices (782);

Abstract: This source presents detailed information on Yurak Samoyed religious and mystical beliefs and practices. The author visited the Samoyed for the purpose of collecting linguistic data; however, in the course of his fieldwork, he collected a large number of myths and magic songs. The abstracts and texts of these form the core of the source. They are supplemented by the authors own research and observations on these materials. Cosmogonical myths as well as myths on the origin of culture traits, shamans, spirits, gods and death, are included in the authors collection. Furthermore, the author provides a catalogue of sacred objects, places, animals, and spirits and the ceremonial associated with each. Finally, ample data are provided on mortuary practices and on the powers and duties of shamans.

Document Number: 17

Document ID: ru41-017

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English translation from German

Note: Translation of: [Entwurf einer Mythologie der Jurak-Samojeden] //Translated for the HRAF files by Frieda Schütze and edited in 1952.

Field Date: 1911-1912, 1914

Evaluation: Linguist-5

Analyst: Carol Cerf ; Helen Gunsher Bornstein ; 1952-1975; Teferi A. Adem; 2011

Coverage Date: 1911-1924

Coverage Place: Yurak, Russian North, Russia

LCSH: Nentsy //Mythology, Samoyedic //Nentsy -- Folklore


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