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Shows on the web  |  January  2013

The Tyva people of southern Siberia

The Tyvans live in southern Siberia between the Altai mountains and Lake Baikal. The home of these people, who speak a Turkic language, is where two rich and quite different cultural traditions intersect. To the north are the peoples of the Siberian taiga. To the south are the inhabitants of the steppes of Mongolia and Northern China.

In close contact with such neighbouring peoples, the Tyvans have over many years developed diverse forms of land use, complex worldviews and multilayered – mainly shamanic – rituals. Impressive seasonal festivals are at the centre of their social life. In her recently published book titled "Plural World Interpretations" ("Plurale Weltinterpretationen"), Anett C. Oelschlägel applies her solid scientific background in discussing all these aspects of Tyvan life and their particular interrelatedness.  » more

The illustrations from this book are presented here as a slide show. These give us profound insights into the varied lifeways of this unique people. And they highlight the fascinating Siberian geography, landscapes across which the Tyvans still roam as hunters and as nomads with their yaks, camels, horses, sheep, goats and reindeer.

Social life

Photos by Anett C. Oelschlägel
from her book:
"Plurale Weltinterpretationen – das Beispiel der Tyva Südsibiriens", 2013, p. 36-51.

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Religious life

Photos by Anett C. Oelschlägel
from her book:
"Plurale Weltinterpretationen – das Beispiel der Tyva Südsibiriens", 2013, p. 71-86.

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Economy

Photos by Anett C. Oelschlägel
from her book:
"Plurale Weltinterpretationen – das Beispiel der Tyva Südsibiriens", 2013, p. 157-176.

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