Collection and Study of Ethnographical Material in Russia
Author: Warner, Elizabeth A.
Source: Folk Life - Journal of Ethnological Studies, Volume 22, 1983-1984 , pp. 107-119(13)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The history of ethnography in Russia could be said to begin with the comments of those twelfth-century monks, compilers of the Chronicles, on the marriage customs of the pagan forebears of the East Slavs, who ‘seized their brides by the waterside’ or kidnapped them during inter-village games when there was ‘dancing and the singing of devilish songs’. However, to be more selective, and taking as a starting point Tokarev's view that the history of ethnography, as of any science, is both the history of the collection of facts and materials and the history of the formation of ideas about them,1 I shall concentrate on one particular area, accessible to the non-Russian specialist, namely the development of ethnographical museums, in which are reflected both the material and the theoretical side of the ethnography.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1983-01-01