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The 'Inside' Other

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In every society there are groups which could be viewed as united by different characteristics, such as biological, economic, social etc. For researching on the changes in the group the figures of the woman, the shaman/magician and smiths and all those who did not confess the formal 'state' religion are selected. They are called 'Inside Others'. In the Middle Ages, the nomads did not look upon the maidens with neglect. Shamans are the persons who deal with natural elements, with fire and metals and that makes them liminal persons in this kind of societies. The tolerance towards the Other had a forced character and was caused by military and trade benefits. It depended mostly on the momentary political equilibrium. But in general, among the Turkic and Khazar high strata, there was favorable attitude toward the so-called world religions, towards Buddhism, the Nestorian version of Christianity, and Manichaeism.

Keywords: 'Inside' Other; Buddhism; Christianity; Khazar; Manichaeism; nomads; shaman; Turkic



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