SYKTYVKAR. The Komi Republic has a rich and vivid folklore, a tradition that also has strong support from authorities and institutions. Pavel Limerov, scholar and researcher, co-editor of culture journal ART, has written many works about the early history and mythology of Komi.
His latest book – Myths, Legends and Traditions of the Komi People – is a popular publication, well illustrated by artist A V Moshev. More than three hundred short stories, sayings and words of wisdom tell about a people with strong roots in nature, its forests, rivers and animals. Mythological characters and supernatural creatures also come to life in heroic or comical situations.
It would be a good idea to get Pavel Limerov’s inspiring and entertaining book translated to English or other western language, to reach a broader audience.
Lake Yorki. Illustration by A V Moshev