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On the Run in Siberia$
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Rane Willerslev

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676262

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676262.001.0001

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The Curse

The Curse

Chapter:
(p.140) (p.141) 9 The Curse
Source:
On the Run in Siberia
Author(s):

Rane Willerslev

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676262.003.0010

In this chapter, the author narrates his love affair with a Sakha woman named Rosa, Dusha Shalugin’s youngest sister. Dusha was the wife of Kolya Shalugin, former first director of the Teki Odulok obshchina (commune). The author tells how he confronted Rosa after learning that she has told the whole village of Nelemnoye that the two of them were to get married. When he told Rosa that he was not going to marry her, the woman reacted with anger and cast a curse on him. At that point, the author considered whether it would be a good time to go home to Denmark, but he did not feel ready. Instead, he decided to go back to the Siberian taiga. He found rescue in an elderly Yukaghir couple, Akulina and Gregory. In this chapter, he describes the Yukaghirs’ concept of “luck,” or pe’ jul as applied to hunting.

Keywords:   curse, Sakha, Kolya Shalugin, Nelemnoye, Siberia, Yukaghir, luck, pe’ jul, hunting

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