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By Jeremiah Curtin

Absolutely Illustrated. the 1st 3rd of this e-book is a travelogue which describes Curtin's Siberian trip; it is a attention-grabbing glimpse at Tsarist Siberia in advance of the Revolution. The final two-thirds of the publication is a rare checklist of the mythology of the Buryats. there are various parts came across in different places via Asia and Europe reminiscent of epic horses (and horse sacrifices), battles with giants, a World-mountain and 'the water of life', (see The Epic of Gilgamesh). There also are exact components comparable to heroes with oracular books embedded of their our bodies.

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The fame of that eastern land soon spread throughout all northern Russia, and in 1032 an expedition from Novgorod set out for the "Iron Gates," that is, a pass in the Ural, through which they intended to enter Yugria. This expedition met failure and was crushed by the natives. Only a few of the men went back to Novgorod; most of them perished. In 1096, sixty-four years after that first expedition, according to a statement in the Chronicle of Nestor, a Novgorod merchant named Rogóvitch sent a man first to the Petchora, where the natives paid tribute, and afterward to Yugria, "where the people are shut in by sky-touching mountains, in which there is a small gate with an opening.

With those remaining the explorers doubled Shelag Point, which they named Svyatoi Nos (Holy Nose). The vessel of Ankudinoff was wrecked there and he with his men were taken on to the other boats. After that they doubled Chukotchi, or Cape Chukchi, in which Dejneff describes beyond doubt the easternmost point of all Asia. In his report to the Yakutsk voevoda he explains how, in an encounter with the Chuchis, Aleksaiyeff was wounded and they put to sea at once. A frightful storm separated the vessels and they never met again.

He undoubtedly died during some expedition. In 1650 there were several conflicts between Russians and Buriats, and only after much effort did the Russians assert their supremacy. During 1650 Yerofei Habaroff set out from Yakutsk with one hundred men, hunting for sable. He ascended the Olekma and the Tungar and reached the Amoor by the Ur and the Zeya. In two years he explored the whole river, and was the first man to launch a flotilla there. That year, 1650, the Buriats on the Oka withdrew up the Angara, and Nefedyeff, an official, was sent with his men to bring them back to the place they had deserted.

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