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On the Traditional Culture of Mordovians: Comments

[O traditsionnoi kul’ture mordvy: kommentarii]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541522010080

Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 26.08.2021

Accepted: 11.09.2021

About author(s)

Tamara Vedernikova | https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0212-8975 | vti53@mail.ru | Samara State Institute of Culture (167 Frunze Str., Samara, 443010, Russia)

Galina Kornishina | https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5680-5041 | g.kornihina@mail.ru | National Research Ogarev Mordovian State University (68 Bolshevistskaya Str.,
Saransk, 430005, Russia)

Nikolay Belenov | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4415-5966 | belenov82@gmail.com | Samara State University of Social Sciences and Education (65/67 Maxim Gorky Str.,
Samara, 443099, Russia)


Mordva, Mordvins, Mordovians, traditional culture, Moksha-Mordovians, ErzyaMordovians, Samara-Volga region, ethnic/territorial group


This text features critical comments and discussion of the article “Aspects of the Traditional Culture of the Samara Povolzhie Mordovians” by Nikolay Belenov who examines the cultural traditions and worldview aspects that are distinctive to the Mordovians, or Mordvins, of the Samara-Volga region (Samara Povolzhie). The author argues that many aspects of the culture of Samara Povolzhie Mordovians had most likely stemmed from the same roots, common to all ethnic groups of Mordovians, but must have undergone substantial changes after this particular group had settled in the geographical area of Samara Povolzhie. Tamara Vedernikova and Galina Kornishina debate the author’s arguments, expounding their own views on the matter and inviting the author to respond to their criticisms.


Vedernikova, T.I., G.A. Kornishina, and N.V. Belenov. 2022. O traditsionnoi kul’ture mordvy: kommentarii [On the Traditional Culture of Mordovians: Comments]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 1: 120–138. https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541522010080

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