Questions about Life in the Orthodox Missions to Siberia Answered by Veniamin, Archbishop of Irkutsk and Nerchinsk


Veniamin (born Vasilii Antonovich Blagonravov, 1825–92), Bishop of Selenginsk in the 1860s and Archbishop of Irkutsk and Nerchinsk from 1873 until his death, was for many years the leading missionary in the region of Siberia east of Lake Baikal. He was a proponent of Christianizing the local Buriat people and promoting among them the culture and language of European Russia. Veniamin saw the baptism of the local population, who were mostly Buddhist, as critical for the Russification of Siberia. In this book, Veniaminov provides answers in essay form to three questions about the Orthodox missions in Siberia: the duties of the Russian state in supporting mission work (the conversion of native people to the Russian Orthodox Church); the position of Christians in Buriat societies; and characteristics of the Buddhist faith as practiced in eastern Siberia. The book is preserved in the collections of the National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg. It was digitized for the Meeting of Frontiers digital library project in the early 2000s.

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St. Petersburg


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Жизненные вопросы православной миссии в Сибири. Соч. Вениамина, архиеп. Иркутского и Нерчинского

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75 pages ; 22 x 15 centimeters

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