Siberian rarities


Rich land of Siberia has welcomed man since the earliest beginnings if the species and has given birth to some extraordinary past civilization, the Scythians of Central Asia have been of special interest to archeological researches since the 19th century.

Not every part of Siberia was so friendly. In the frozen regions, the power of nature dominated human activity and many cultures evolved as the result of human adapting to extreme conditions in order to survive. These cultures which bowed to the natural forces remained practically unchanged for thousands of years. Each characteristically maintained a well-balanced relationship with the surrounding world treated nature ith great respect and wasted nothing. This understanding of the human being as a small part of the universe tends to explain the existence of Siberian shamanism.

It was extremely difficult to travel to Siberia and Nicholas II was possibly the only Russian Emperor who crossed the entire continent. He made this journey in 1881 when he returned from his famous “Travel to Orient” visiting China and Japan. The Cesarevich brought immense collections back from this trip. Among these are the gifts presented to Him by the residents of the Siberian towns and villages which the Royal procession passed on the journey