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Who are those Finno-Ugrians?

Two Khanty women in Man uskve nomad camp, Bere...

Two Khanty women in Man uskve nomad camp, Berezovsky, Khanty-Mansia, Russia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pie chart showing the percentage of specific n...

Pie chart showing the percentage of specific nations speaking languages of the Finno-Ugric family (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who are those Finno-Ugrians?

Epic Kandinsky – Vasily Kandinsky, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

In her excellent catalogue essay, Dabrowski makes us see that all of these biographical strands are somehow manifest in the “Compositions.” The early ethnological studies in Russia, which culminated in a paper published in 1889 on the pagan religions of the Zyrians, a Finno-Ugric tribe in northeastern Siberia, are distantly reflected in what Dabrowski sees as the vibrant color and veiled, shamanistic imagery of the “Compositions.” Kandinsky’s early love of Wagner, and his epiphanic experience of hearing Lohengrin in Moscow in 1896, comes back in the recurring musical metaphor of the paintings; Dabrowski compares these paintings to works by Scriabin and Schoenberg, both acquaintances of the artist.

Los Angeles County MA

So what exactly is Mordovan; I’m often asked. Mordovan is one of my 27 languages. Mordovan is one of the four paleo Eurasian languages.


One of many so called repressed nationalities..

  • 1 Komi
  • 2 Mordvan
  • 3 Udmurt
  • 4 Mari el
  • 5Finnish
  • 6 Estonian
  • 7 Ugrians Khanty and Mansi western Siberia
  • 8 Hungarian

3 responses

  1. I just learned both PUTIN and LENIN HAVE FINNO-UGRIAN BLood. Lenin was part Udmurt. And so did Molotov. Putin is a VEPS/Esti more @

    May 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm

  2. I finaly got to visit here. What a cool place!

    August 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm

  3. I just heard that Putin denies being MORDVIN. What do you make of that? The word #MOSCOW the capital of Russia is named for the river. Is of MORDVIN origin meanig Bear or Bear river

    August 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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