The ‘Bear Ceremonial’ and Bear Rituals among the Khanty and the Sami

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  • HÅKAN RYDVING University of Bergen

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https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.6940

Abstract

Researchers from different fields of study agree on the importance of comparison, but debate over

how to compare. Rather than comparing globally, on the basis of secondary literature and looking for similari ties alone, the article argues for a limitative approach that restricts itself to just a few cultures, is based on local sources, and takes both resemblances and differences into account. In contrast to the idea of a uniform and transcultural bear ceremonial in North Eurasia, it focuses on plurality and diversity in discussing and comparing the bear rituals found among the southern Khanty (about 1900) and the southern Sami (about 1750).

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Published

2010-01-01

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RYDVING, H. (2010). The ‘Bear Ceremonial’ and Bear Rituals among the Khanty and the Sami. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 46(1). https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.6940

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