Russian Arts and Culture
So I had a reader ask me to do a post about Russian Art and Culture, this has been stewing in the back of my mind for quite some time. So I rose to the challenge and have created this post. Arts and Culture are very important in Russia, a single post would come close to covering it all. It spans from literature, poetry, humor, fairy tales and folklore, music and so much more. At the end of each section you will find links that will take you back to posts that I did earlier in my blogging. Have fun.
Talia Wagner, a marriage and family therapist based in Los Angeles spoke to Live Science, she shared that Russian culture places a high value on the homeland and on family, according to “The Soviet ruler-ship left its impression on the culture, creating a fundamental fear and mistrust of those outside the family, extended family and other close familial connections. This is the core of Russian society, “Family”.
She continued to share, “The challenges families faced under communism left people highly dependent on family support, which oftentimes required the combining of resources to survive,” Wagner continued. “This created a culture that highly values extended family and maintaining close friendships.”
Languages Spoken in Russia
According to the BBC, more than 100 minority languages are spoken in Russia today. It must be understood that these are indigenous people groups that make up the 160 ethnic groups that live within Russia. It does no include foreign languages spoken in Russia which make the total much higher. It’s interesting to note that over a quarter of the world’s scientific literature is published in Russian. I’ve done several posts on some of these lesser ethnic groups which can be found here, here, and here.
Russian Fairy Tales and Folklore
Much of Russia’s recent folklore takes its roots in the pagan beliefs of ancient Slavs. A lot of this can still be seen in the more modern Russian fairy tales. I’ve been creating a collection of these tales here on my blog. They can be accessed from here.
Russian literature is considered to be among the most influential and developed in the world, with some of the most famous literary works belonging to it.Russia’s literary history dates back to the 10th century; in the 18th century its development was boosted by the works of Mikhail Lomonosov and Denis Fonvizin, and by the early 19th century a modern native tradition had emerged, producing some of the greatest writers of all time like Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin, and more.here, here, and here.
Russia owes much of its wit to the great flexibility and richness of the Russian language, allowing for puns and unexpected associations. As with any other nation, its vast scope ranges from lewd jokes and silly word play to political satire. See some Russian humor here, here, and here.
Religions of Russia
According to Talia Wagner, “Religion has always been a primary part of Russian life, even during times of oppression..”
Russia has close to 5,000 registered religious denominations . More than half of all Russia belong to the Russian Orthodox faith, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Islam comes in as the second largest religion; about 10 to 15 percent of Russians practice Islam (a large majority in Tatarstan). I done several posts about this subject here, here, here, and here.