7650Re: [sig] a million rus questions
- Jun 12, 2003
> > Given that there was a strong Scandinavian influence among the Rus atNot a problem, Alex, but I'm confused as to how you think noting the
> > time, ... [snip]
>I would disagree on that.
>Could you please clarify what you consider "strong" Scandinavian influence
>among the Russians, and especially in the context of clothing. This appears
>as if the Russians' own clothing style or methods of making it was somehow
>inferior to that of Scandinavian immigrants', which I find hard to believe.
>Sorry to be off topic.
prevalence of Scandinavian-style dress among the Kievan Rus indicates that
the clothing of the previous inhabitants of the area was inferior.
I don't know if the clothing of the original Steppes inhabitants (who may
have not called themselves the Rus) was inferior or not, because I can't
really find anything on Russian clothing before the 9th century (i.e., the
Northmen come to town). I can't find any records, at least not in English.
Researching the Khazars might help, but probably not much when you're
looking for clothing from the Kievan Rus period (10th century to 13th
Scandinavians came in and established themselves in Russia in the 9th to
10th century. That doesn't mean that the people they took over were
inferior. It just means that Rus culture was the most prevalent culture at
that time-- at least as far as written and archeological records will have
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