Veps

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Veps

 

(self-designation: Vepsa, Bepsa, Ludinkau), people related to the Karelians. They live in small groups among the Russian population in a number of raions of the Leningrad and Vologda oblasts of the RSFSR and the Karelian ASSR. Population, 16,000 (1959 census). The language is Veps (a Finno-Ugric language), although Russian is also spoken. The Veps are descendants of the Ves’, an ancient Finnic tribe. Most of the Veps are engaged in agriculture.

REFERENCES

Malinovskaia, Z. P. “Iz materialov po etnografii vepsov.” In Zapadnofinskii sb. Leningrad, 1930.
Pimenov, V. V. Vepsy. Moscow-Leningrad, 1965.
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