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The transition from shamanism to Russian Orthodoxy in Alaska

Abstract: ´╗┐Responding to twofold question how did the transition occur; and what were itsimplications for the ancient cultures? - this thesis places an emphasis upon thetransition as an indigenous movement, involving a transformation of the ancient.The primary focus is comprised of the Aleut and Alutiiq peoples whoconverted virtually as whole nations in the later 18th century. They then maintainedthis faith themselves within their village structures, a premise that will besubstantiated in the Introduction. While a similar ingrafting occurred among otherAlaskan peoples as well, an amount of published evidence is available for the Aleutsand Alutiiqs that can render the premise especially secure for them. These otherAlaskan peoples - the Yupiit, the Ingalik Athapascans, the Kolchan Athapascans,the DenaßÉčina Athapascans, the historical Eyak, and the Tlingit have providedcorroborative ethnographical and social anthropological material; and the mainconcepts articulated in this study could potentially be extended to them as well, andextended further to peoples of similar cultures across northern Eurasia who werepart of this history (as explained in Chapter 1 and in the epilogue in Chapter 6).[continued in text


Type of Award:Dphil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky

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Issue Date: 1992Identifiers

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Source identifier: 602337603 Item Description

Type: Thesis;

Language: eng Subjects: Alaska History Aleuts Religion Alutiiqs Converts Shamanism Church history Tiny URL: td:602337603


Author: Mousalimas, S. A. - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyFaculty of Theology - - - - Bibliographic Details Issue Date: 1992 - I



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