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"Soroka" is a ceremony headdress of a peasant woman from Biruchensk Region, Voronezh Province, Russia. Early 20th century. Originally these grew from the shaman cultures, maidens were not allowed to wear them, mothers wore them with smaller horns and the grandmothers wore the largest horns. When Christian religion came, they destroyed the shaman cultures and gave the power to the maiden, thus the wedding headdress symbolically means a loss of personal power as a female in community and city.

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Evenk shaman with a collection of shamanic objects, including images of helper spirits, early 1900s. Russian Museum of Ethnography

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from CELEBRITYY.com

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LEON TROTSKY Communist Leon Trotsky helped ignite the Russian Revolution of 1917 and built the Red Army afterward. He was exiled (and possibly killed) by Joseph Stalin.

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Anne of Rusʹ on the Throne. A miniature from the old French manuscript. XI century. Anna Yaroslavna (circa 1024 - 1089) was a daughter of the Russian Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise ( circa 978 - 1054) and a spouse of the French King Henry I. #medieval #Russian #history

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from About.com Education

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