Ales Simakou (Gomel, Belarus): Belarusian-Indian comparative studies: the most important non-ethnographic rubrics (webzine “Kultura. Natsyja”, issue 30, November 2022, 106-124, www.sakavik.net)
Abstract. We consider general assessments with convergence of the situation in the field of preservation of traditional and modern culture, language as the most important categories in Belarusian-Indian comparative studies (abbreviated BIC, “comparison”). Among the priority rubrics are attitudes to (in)tolerance and other important ethnopsychological traits of Belarusians / Indians and their neighbors, to conquest, occupation of territories, transfer of religious and educational norms, attempts at segregation, slowing down development (reservations). From S. Budny and P. Skarga to Ia. Liosik, M. Tank, U. Karatkevich and S. Ianovich, the practices of the colonizers; influence on the aborigines and the the neighborы; knowledge of Belarus and their knowledge of America and the Indians were compared. A comparison of universal traits (physical endurance and at the same time a “indifferent”, but pragmatic attitude to death, passivity, alcoholism) and symbols and their combinations (eagle / stork, bison / European bison, horse, sword / ax, cross – “Indian”; and “conquistadorial” “political” interpretation) is important. BIС takes into account the dramatic and irreversible “extinction” of many languages, tribal institutions and traditional values in the conditions of globalization and technocratic confrontation in the world, sometimes “calls” for escapism. BIС is an extremely popular method: we have recorded thousands of individual cases in printed sources (our unpublished texts, as well as correspondence, provide few examples, but we partially take them into account, as well as “exclusives” of Internet authors).
Categories: Асьвета, Гісторыя, Культура, Нацыя, Нацыя Беларусы