Russian Culture & Ethnography

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Home to over 190 ethnic groups, Russian culture is thought to be as vast and mysterious as the country’s extensive landscape and geographic reach. However, Russian culture and ethnography extend far beyond the stereotypical notions of vodka, bears and beautiful Russian women. Immerse yourself in a culture rich in history, strong traditions and influential arts, especially within the fields of literature, ballet, painting, classical music and architecture.

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With each region in Russia carrying its own unique customs and traditions, you will get to experience a different side of this culturally diverse country with every destination you visit. Travel to Moscow or St Petersburg and be exposed to the cultural and artistic riches of upper-class Russia. Conversely, regions such as Yamal reflect the realities of living with bitterly cold winters and nomadic indigenous communities. Want to take a step back in time? The cities of the Golden Ring still preserve elements of ancient Russia, from medieval forts to towering monasteries, and will give you an insight into what traditional Russian lifestyle truly is.

Russian customs and traditions
Russian Culture & Ethnography

A guide to: Russian Traditions, Culture, Customs & Etiquette

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 18th Apr 2020

If you’re prepared to put in a bit of effort to know about Russian traditions, Russia’s unique culture, customs and the many strange and wonderful personality quirks unique to the Russian psyche, you’ll find travelling around Russia infinitely more rewarding.

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Russian Culture & Ethnography

Travel in time with indigenous Russia

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 21st Apr 2020

Indigenous Russia refers to early tribes from the Far North, Central and Southern Siberia and the Far East, who live in the same territories and keep the same way of life and traditions over centuries. 41 so-called tribes were recognized by Russian law in the year 2000 as a “Minor Indigenous People of Russia”. 

shamanism in siberia
Russian Culture & Ethnography

Shamanism in Russia - Ancient Rituals & Traditions

By Alicja Pietrasz | Last updated on 16th Apr 2020

If you thought that shamanism is popular only among the African or South American tribes you were wrong. Buryats living on the western shore of Lake Baikal, are in majority shamanists, not only in theory but what’s most important in practice.

reindeer migration, Nenets migration
Russian Culture & Ethnography

Nenets Reindeer Migration - Life of Nomadic Siberians in Yamal

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 24th Dec 2019

The annual reindeer migration sees thousands of reindeer and the Nenet people who herd them travelling up to 1000 kilometres along the Yamal Peninsula to the Kara Sea in Siberia. READ MORE

Ivolginsky Datsan Lake Baikal
Russian Culture & Ethnography

Buddhism In Russia: The Story Of Itigilov & The Ivolginsky Datsan

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 18th Apr 2020

Ivolginsky Datsan is located in Eastern Siberia, it’s a home to the epicentre of Buddhism in Russia; along with the awe of the elaborately decorated temples is the phenomenon that is the preserved body of Khambo Lama, formally Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.

Russian Stereotypes
Russian Culture & Ethnography

11 Russian Stereotypes - True, Slightly True or Pure Hollywood Fantasy?

By 56th Parallel | Last updated on 18th Apr 2020

While most countries can’t escape being stereotyped one way or another, think about it – how many other cultures have been stereotyped, and consequently, judged by the outside world, with the same pervasiveness as the Russians. 


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