The Reindeer People

December 20, 2015

Piers Vitebsky is an anthropologist who studies the Eveny or Reindeer People of Siberia.  They depend on the reindeer for their survival.  They keep herds of them for meat -  but their connection goes even deeper.  Vitebsky says that they also have personal, consecrated reindeer animal doubles, which they believe will die for them.

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