A buryat delegation at the coronation of nicho-las II

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Based on archival documents and hitherto poorly known primary sources, this paper analyzes the problem of perception and interpretation of the meaning of Russian emperors’ enthronement ceremonies by the Buriat Buddhists. The solemn coronation ritual was meant to impress representatives of the colonized peoples and convince them of the idea of superiority of the empire and the Orthodox Christianity, which served to sanctify the enthronement. A Tibetan-language poem by a Buriat Buddhist monk, who was a member of the Buriat delegation to the coronation of Nicholas II in 1896, eloquently illustrates the idea that the enthronement ceremony as a political and cultural event was more complex than one might assume. Non-Orthodox and non-Christians might not simply share the pathetic sentiments and loyalist enthusiasm about the ceremony with their Orthodox counterparts, but also give a new meaning to it within the frames of their religious worldview.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-31
Number of pages20
JournalEtnograficeskoe Obozrenie
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Buddhism
  • Buriats
  • Coronation
  • Empire
  • Kalmyks
  • Pure lands
  • Romanovs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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