Tungus


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Tungus: Tunguska

Tungus

(to͝onko͝oz`), Siberian ethnic group, numbering perhaps 30,000. They are subdivided into the Evenki, who live in the area from the Yenisei and Ob river basins to the Pacific Ocean and from the Amur River to the Arctic Ocean, and the Lamut, who live on the coast of the Okhotsk Sea. The Tungus are closely related to the Manchus. Before they were brought under Soviet control, the Tungus practiced a shamanistic religion. The Tungus, or Tunguzic, languages are a division of the Altaic subfamily of the Ural-Altaic family of languages (see Uralic and Altaic languagesUralic and Altaic languages
, two groups of related languages thought by many scholars to form a single Ural-Altaic linguistic family. However, other authorities hold that the Uralic and Altaic groups constitute two unconnected and separate language families.
..... Click the link for more information.
) that includes the Manchu literary language; they may be related to the Mongolic and Turkic families.

Bibliography

See I. Lissner, Man, God, and Magic (tr. 1961).

References in periodicals archive ?
His painstaking ethnographic accounts of shamanic practices among the Tungus were fuelled by a scornful reversal of traditional ethnographic assumptions.
Keywords: Yukaghir, arrow, loanword from Tungus languages, hunting term, language taboo.
Sh irokogoroff (Psychomental complex of the Tungus, 1935) y posteriormente con los de Williard Park (Shamanism in western North America: A study in cultural relationships, 1938), Alfred Metraux Religion and shamanism, 1949), C.
On Sakhalin Island in 1898-99, Berthold Laufer recorded Gilyak and Tungus songs (Jacknis).
Nomadic Tungus reindeer herders 30 kilometres away had reported seeing a giant fireball and the mass destruction of forests.
26) The second section examines the Yamaha decision, with the analysis centering on the seemingly expansive role of state law by focusing on whether the treatment of federalism issues in Yamaha resuscitates the holding in The Tungus v.
It is not difficult to imagine what happened when newcomers from more southerly regions--the last Samoyed (the direct ancestors of the modern-day Nenets), the Tungus in the east, or the Chukchis on the Pacific coastline--entered this sparse population.
I retain this term for men or women who play a wide repertoire of social roles on this basis>> (Lewis 1978: 64), ayant affirme precedemment <<that the Tungus evidence makes non-sense of the assumption that shamanism and spirit possession are totally separate phenomena, belonging necessarily to different cosmological systems>> (ibid.
625, 628, 1959 AMC 597, 599-600 (1959) (holding in nonfatal injury cases, state substantive liability standards are superseded by federal maritime law, allowing unseaworthiness actions); The Tungus v.
This was done for ten of the Asian and Oceanic populations in the C-S sample: Uralic, Japanese, Mon Khmer, Thai, Mongol Tungus, Tibetan, North Turkic, South Chinese, Chukchi and Australian.
Kansk-Achinsk brown coal and Minusinsky, Ulug-Khem and Tungus coal basins.
Following the 1908 explosion the local Tungus inhabitants regarded the region as enchanted.