Religion and Expressive Culture

Nanai religious beliefs are similar in many ways to those of other Siberian peoples, including strong beliefs in the sky and earth and animism. In the east, and especially among the Nanai of the Amur region, religious beliefs and practices have some more distinctive elements, including a belief in the soul, an interest in twins, and the shaman's role as the protector of children and adolescents.

See also Hezhen in Part Two ,


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A. B. SMOLYAK (Translated by Lydia T. Black)

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