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Titel:Museum Collections as a Research Source for the Study of Religion: From the History of the State Museum of the History of Religion (St Petersburg, Russia)
Autor:Teryukova, Ekaterina
URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:04-es2022-00874
DDC:100 Philosophie



In the very heart of St Petersburg, at 14 Pochtamtskaya Street, one finds a unique museum, the State Museum of the History of Religion (SMHR), sitting right next to the world-famous architectural masterpieces – the Admiralty and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Today, it is the only museum in Russia – and one of the few in the world – that is devoted solely to the universal phenomenon of religion and the role it plays in human culture. The museum was founded in 1932 by Vladimir Bogoraz- Tan, an outstanding Russian citizen and director of academic institutions. He was a scholar of linguistics, ethnography, anthropology, and history of religion, as well as a poet, author, journalist, teacher, and full member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. For 85 years, the museum has been acting as a research centre, studying religions of the past and present, in addition to playing a significant role in the culture of the city of St Petersburg.

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