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Tuvans (or Tuvinians) is a group of Turkic people, make up about two thirds of the population of Tuva.

The Tuvan language belongs to the Northern or Siberian branch of the Turkic language family.

The traditional religion of Tuvans is animism (shamanism), which is still widely practiced alongside Buddhism.

A noticeable amount of Tuvans lives in diaspora in Mongolia, the largest group being Tsengel Tuvans (Altai Tuvans), around 1,500, that live in Tsengel. Tuvans are also recognized as an ethnic minority in China.


Mongush, M. V. "Tuvans of Mongolia and China." International Journal of Central Asian Studies, 1 (1996), 225-243. Talat Tekin, ed. Seoul: Inst. of Asian Culture & Development.

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Benedikte M. Kristensen - The Living Landscape of Knowledge: An analysis of shamanism among the Duha Tuvinians of ... (19848 words)
Tuvinian shamanism certainly responds to - and is shaped by - the increase in social problems and the ideological void, which followed the collapse of the Communist regimes in Russia and Mongolia.
The Duha Tuvinian microcosm of landscape terms is, as we have seen, characterised by its use of lineage (patri- and shamanic) terminology, and by its use of the oppositional terms pure-impure, beneficial-dangerous and white-fl.
The Duha Tuvinian homeland in the taiga stands in contrast to the Darhad homeland in the steppe, and to the wilderness (xeer); the areas of the taiga, which is not inhabited by humans.
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