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 city 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, Siberian cities such as Yamal and Yakutia reflect the realities of living in the far east with their bitter 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.

11 must visit museums of Moscow and Saint Petersburg

Written by 56th Parallel on 8th May 2018
Museums of Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia tours

The Museums of Moscow and Saint Petersburg bring to light the rich and deep cultural history of Russia. Visitors will indulge in a journey through history, politics, art, culture, and science.  READ MORE

Travel in time with indigenous Russia

Written by 56th Parallel on 17th May 2016
indigenous russia

Indigenous Russia refers to early tribes from Far North, Central and Southern Siberia and 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”.  READ MORE

Shamanism in Siberia - embrace the ancient rituals and traditions

Written by Alicja Pietrasz on 18th Jun 2015
shamanism in siberia

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. Shamanism in Russia and Siberia has survived the time through their beliefs, shamans and rituals, moreover – they are currently going through resurrection on a great scale. Get to know what are their beliefs, rituals and where to meet them, when visiting Russia. READ MORE

Nenets Reindeer Migration - Life of Nomadic Siberians in Yamal

Written by 56th Parallel on 13th Jul 2013
nenets reindeer migration

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

Traditional Russian Food

Written by 56th Parallel on 4th Jul 2013
Russian food

Traditional Russian food unsurprisingly varies across this vast country, a country with often extreme climates that has over time refined its culinary techniques.  READ MORE

Taltsy Museum - Step Into Siberian Life

Written by 56th Parallel on 21st May 2013
Taltsy museum child

The Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography allows visitors to step into the everyday life and culture of Siberians from past centuries. READ MORE

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

Written by 56th Parallel on 10th May 2013
Ivolginsky Datsan

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. READ MORE


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