The Transformation of the Life of the Yazula Village Telengits

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Key words
ransitive society, isolated village, Telengit culture, Yazula, Altai, transformation of the way of life, ritual practices, sacred geography
Alexey S. Obukhov
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PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Institute of Education, National Research University — ​ Higher School of Economics
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This article analyzes the transformation of the way of life and ritual practices of the residents of the geographically isolated village of Yazula in the Ulagan District of the Altai Republic. It is based on a comparison of expedition materials from 2003 and 2019. During this period there was a marked increase in the openness of the village to the outside world and in its residents’ access to sources of information. The article considers how this new openness of an isolated local community increased its cultural diversity in everyday life, which created a need for greater selfdetermination on the part of individuals and families at the behavioral level. This complicated the structure of social identity, including ethno-cultural and religious identity, and increased the individual villagers’ and the community’s sense of vulnerability in regard to the outside world.


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Obukhov A. S. The Transformation of the Life of the Yazula Village Telengits. Traditional Culture. 2021. Vol. 22. No. 1. Pp. 157–166. In Russian.