The Light of Asia. The Spread of Christianity in Siberia Including a Description of Everyday Life, Customs, and Religious Beliefs of the Peoples of This Region


In the 19th century, the Russian Orthodox Church turned its missionary focus to the area east of Lake Baikal. The church established several missions among the native peoples of the region, in part to support the government’s broader strategy of Russification in the outlying parts of the empire. This work on the spread of Christianity in Siberia opens with a brief description of the “opening of Siberia” by the Russians, beginning in 1581. It then describes the native peoples of Western Siberia, with a focus on their religious beliefs. The author, T. A. Dogurevich, continues with a detailed account of the work of the Russian Orthodox missionaries in the region. The second half of the book focuses on the peoples of Eastern Siberia and missionary work among its peoples. Published in 1897 by a Russian religious press, 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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P. P. Soikin Printing House, St. Petersburg


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Свет Азии. Распространение христианства в Сибири в связи с описанием быта, нравов, обычаев и религиозных верований инородцев этого края

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165 pages ; 20 x 14 centimeters

Last updated: January 10, 2018