Scythian Neo-Paganism in the Caucasus: The Ossetian Uatsdin as a ‘Nature Religion’

@article{Foltz2019ScythianNI,
  title={Scythian Neo-Paganism in the Caucasus: The Ossetian Uatsdin as a ‘Nature Religion’},
  author={Richard C. Foltz},
  journal={Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture},
  year={2019}
}
  • R. Foltz
  • Published 16 September 2019
  • Political Science
  • Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
The Scythians, a warlike, pastoral-nomadic, Iranian-speaking people who dominated the Eurasian steppes throughout the first millennium BCE, are known to us through the accounts of Herodotus and other Greek writers of antiquity. The Scythians’ language and many of their cultural customs survive today among the Ossetes of the Central Caucasus, among whom an attempt to revive the ancient religion has been underway since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Uatsdin or ‘True Religion’, as this… 
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