Bereznitsky S. Ethnocultural Projections of Sacred Landscapes Among the Indigenous Peoples of the Amur and Sakhalin

S. Bereznitsky
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography
(the Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
ORCID: 0000-0001-6235-5542
E-mail: svbereznitsky@yandex.ru

 

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ABSTRACT. Archaeologists, historians, ethnographers, and social and cultural anthropologists have created a grandiose historiography base dedicated to studying the genesis and semantics of petroglyphs, sacred landscapes, and natural and artificial objects that play an important role in the traditional and modern cultures of the indigenous peoples of Northeast Asia. No less important are the questions of identifying modern ethnic groups with the real or imaginary authors of rock paintings, or with the ancestral or ethnic affiliations of sacred landscapes. Ethnicity shapes a geographical space into an ethno-cultural one (Morozova 2013: 309, 312). The ethno-cultural landscape can be considered a special space constructed by an ethnic culture, in which the material and spiritual features of a particular ethnic group or its territorial group are embodied. Currently, studying the identities of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of Eurasia is most effective with the inclusion of two main aspects in the object-subject sphere: (1) ethnicity in its stable and transforming states and (2) ethno-cultural heritage as the basis of identity (Golovnev, Kisser 2021: 80). This article uses the second methodological approach, addressing ethno-cultural projections as a mechanism for modeling historical and mythological perceptions of the sacred landscapes, as well as the phenomena of identity of the indigenous peoples of the Amur-Sakhalin Region.

 

KEYWORDS: ethnocultural projections, sacred landscapes, indigenous peoples of the Amur

 

DOI 10.31250/2618-8600-2021-4(14)-211-231
УДК 316.752

 

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