Russia, Past and Present; Adapted from the German of Lankenau and Oelnitz

Russia, Past and Present; Adapted from the German of Lankenau and Oelnitz

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...than the Tartars; but the absence of beauty among them 1 "A Trip up the Volga," p. 57. THE TCHOUVASHES. 211 is very remarkable, especially among the "fairer ." sex, who, both in build and dress, are scarcely to be distinguished from the men. They live in small villages, situated in the more remote and solitary parts of the country. The majority are Christians, at least in name, the remainder, though nominally Mahometans, cling to their ancient heathen practices. The wild and savage character of this people is gradually yielding to civilizing influences; and it would not in these days be easy to find a Tchouvashe acting as his ancestors would have acted, and, to revenge himself on his enemy, hanging himself at his door, and thus rendering him liable to a charge of murder! The excessive dread of all official and legal action, and even of any written document which prompted this curious form of vengeance, is still one of the characteristic traits in the character of the Tchouvashes. A story is told of a merchant's wife who was bargaining with one of them about the price of some fish: "Pig of a Tchouvashe! dost thou not fear God?" exclaimed the irate housewife. "Why should I fear him?" was the reply; "He is not a writer." The Tcheremes are another ancient people; a pure Finn race, divided into two families, the hill Tcheremes, and the plain, or wood, Tcheremes. The wood Tcheremes, for the most part lazy and miserly pagans, are hunters and bee-keepers. The hill Tchercmes are much more civilized, and are reputed to be Christians. Their villages are neat and picturesque; and they themselves are a strong and industrious people. The Mordvins, another race dwelling on the banks of the Volga, are a...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236498585
  • 9781236498588