Images of Cannibals in the Folklore of the Forest Yukaghirs (Odul)

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  • 1 Russian Academy of Sciences
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This analysis of the mythical Old Man—a cannibal character in the tales of the Forest Yukaghirs (Odul)—considers the significance of a particular genre of song in Odul folklore. The article highlights discrepancies among the ethical norms that emerge in Odul folklore representing problems faced in everyday life. These tales are interpreted in terms of human/non-human, insider/outsider, attraction/protection, and a number other dichotomies, as well as the form of recitation.


Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies


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