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S.A. Kovalevsky

Role of Fire in Funeral Ceremonies of the Population of Irmenskaya Cultural and Historical Community in the South-Western Siberia

Given article examines role of fire rituals in funeral ceremony of Irmenskaya cultural-historical community in the South-Western Siberia. Basing on ordering elements of funeral ceremony the author allocated three variants of application of fire rituals (fire, burning on a place of burial and cremation aside). The detailed characteristic including geographical localization and study of origin has been given to each variant. The conclusion that fire rituals were applied by the population of Irmenskaya cultural-historical community mainly in relation to women and children has been made.
Key words: Late Bronze epoch, Irmenskaya сultural-historical community, Andronovskaya сultural-historical community, cremation aside.

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