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Exploring Contemporary Pilgrimage among the Mongolian Speaking Peoples of Russia

[Issleduia sovremennoe palomnichestvo sredi mongoloiazychnykh narodov Rossii]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954150009601-1

Type of publication: Editor's Introduction

Submitted: 08.01.2020

Accepted: 04.05.2020

About author(s)

Tsypylma Darieva | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0188-3867 | tsypylma.darieva@zois-berlin.de | Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) (60 Mohrenstrasse, 10117 Berlin, Germany)

Elza-Bair Guchinova | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9901-0131 | bairjan@mail.ru | Kalmyk Scientific Center of the RAS (8 Ilishkina St., Elista, 358000, Russia)


pilgrimage, mobility, Russian Buddhism, Buryats, Kalmyks, anthropology of religion


The article introduces a special theme of the journal’s issue on “Practices of Buddhist Pilgrimage in Russia”. We discuss an array of aspects pertaining to the theme and bearing relevance to the contem- porary situation of Mongolian-speaking peoples in Russia. The contributors (E.-B.M. Guchinova, M.M. Sodnompilova, D.D. Amogolonova, N.V. Tsyrempilov, N.L. Zhukovskaya, E.-B.M. Guchinova, and Ts.A. Darieva) view and conceptualize pilgrimage as a social phenomenon in the comparative regional perspective, taking into account local political contexts. Pilgrimage trips of Buddhists inside and outside Russia, which have been on the rise since the 2000s, do not reproduce “traditions” in their historical versions; rather, they reflect the transformation of perceptions and opportunities of the present-day religious community and individuals that claim belonging to the Buddhist culture. The growing popularity of sacred journeys is often embedded in political geographies of belonging and identities of imagined ethnic communities. We invite scholars to further reflect on the phenomenon of pilgrimage in the contemporary Russian society from both anthropological and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Funding Information

This research was supported by the following institutions and grants:
Russian Foundation for Basic Research, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100002261 [19-09-00420]


Darieva, Ts.A., and E.-B.M. Guchinova. 2020. Exploring Contemporary Pilgrimage among the Mongolian-Speaking Peoples of Russia [Issleduia sovremennoe palomnichestvo sredi mongoloiazychnykh narodov Rossii]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 2: 5–12. https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954150009601-1

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