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The Case for Religious Transmission

Time and Transmission in the Anthropology of Christianity

Vlad Naumescu

Acknowledging the growing interest in issues of religious transmission, this article reviews two promising yet contradictory approaches to religion that could be described as historicist and universalist. It offers an alternative view premised on their convergence in a pragmatic approach that can link the material, contextual, and institutional dimensions of transmission with corresponding cognitive, perceptive, and emotional processes. This perspective recognizes the historicity of religious transmission and its cognitive underpinnings while attending to the materiality of its semiotic forms. The article focuses on the relationship between time and transmission in recent ethnographies of Christianity that show how Christian temporalities influence perceptions of social continuity or rupture and individuals' becoming in history. Within this frame, it examines the case of Old Believers, an apocalyptic movement that emerged out of a schism in seventeenth-century Russian Orthodoxy, to indicate how a pragmatic approach works in practice.

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Ambiguous Attachments and Industrious Nostalgias

Heritage Narratives of Russian Old Believers in Romania

Cristina Clopot

It was during a hot summer day in 2015 when, together with a group of informants, I visited a Russian Old Believers’ church in Climăuți, a Romanian village situated at the border with Ukraine ( Figure 1 ). 1 After attending a church service, our

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Julian Agyeman and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, eds., Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union Elana Wilson Rowe

Svetlana Vladimirovna Vasileva, Vlast i staroobriadtsy Zabaikalia (konets XVII–nachalo XX vv.). [Power and the Old Believers of Transbaikalia: From the End of the Seventeenth through the Beginning of the Twentieth Century] Robert Montgomery

Natasha Kuhrt, Russian Policy towards China and Japan: The Eltsin and Putin Periods Falk Huettmann

Elana Wilson Rowe, ed., Russia and the North Kate Dunsmore

Sarah Milledge Nelson, Shamanism and the Origin of States: Spirit, Power, and Gender in East Asia Kathleen Osgood Dana

Galsan Tschinag, The Blue Sky Janice Cori Cobb

John R. Bockstoce, Furs and Frontiers in the Far North: The Contest among Native and Foreign Nations for the Bering Strait Fur Trade

Barbara A. Brower and Barbara Rose Johnston, eds., Disappearing Peoples? Indigenous Groups and Ethnic Minorities in South and Central Asia Valerie Alia

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“Deception begins with trade … ”

Vladimir Arsen’ev’s Economic Expertise and Challenges of Rationalizing Imperial Diversity in the Taiga

Aleksandr Turbin

( inorodtsy ), but also large numbers of other groups, such as Koreans and Russian Old Believers. What may be called extensive exploitation of natural resources was common praxis for all these groups. Usually, this was done without regard for the long

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Changing Places, Changing People

Critical Heritages of Migration and Belonging

Susannah Eckersley

significant in understanding belonging and a sense of ‘home’ as either place or people individually. Russian Old Believers in Romania are the focus of Cristina Clopot’s article, which examines the ambiguity of attachment to place and language, and the

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Pomors, Pomor’e, and the Russian North

A Symbolic Space in Cultural and Political Context

Yuri P. Shabaev, Igor Zherebtsov, Kim Hye Jin, and Kim Hyun Taek

former have been Old Believers, that is, adherents of the older, pre-reform version of the Orthodox religion denied by the official Orthodox Church. Their particular religious tradition is known as the Pomor Convention ( Pomorskoe soglasie

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Christopher Hill, Anna Bara, David Dettmann, Joseph Livesey, and Falk Huettmann

. Goehrke includes many fascinating individual biographies, including those of J. W. Wagner (a Prussian postal service employee), the Karp Lykow family (Old Believers living isolated in remote forests for decades), M. K. Sidorow (a Russian entrepreneur dying

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The Complexity of History

Russia and Steven Pinker’s Thesis

Nancy Shields Kollmann

serfs as a focus of criminal prosecution. Persecutions of religious heterodoxy proliferated from the late seventeenth century after a theological schism in the Orthodox Church; for more than a century thereafter, official persecution of “Old Believer

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The Socio-Demographic Situation in the Republic of Tuva

Conditions of Social Transformation, 1990s–early 2000s

Zoya Dorzhu

Translator : Jenanne Ferguson

customs. Celebrations of Shagaa (the Lunar New Year), were banned during Soviet rule, while at the same time Orthodox, Old Believer and Baptist congregations continued to operate. This led to social tension and the aggravation of interethnic conflicts

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Francesc Bellaubi

Old Believers Orthodox monastery, which remains a place of pilgrimage to this day ( figure 6 ). In this period, management involved the scientific and technological discovery of nature driven by the Russian Empire's ambitions to position itself between