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Old 02-24-2017, 08:33 AM
 
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If you look at pictures and videos from many parts of Siberia, the people look variously European and Asian.

So, where did Siberians originate from? And what continent is their culture closer to?
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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Western Siberia slightly closer to Europe, Eastern Siberia closer to Asia for sure.
I think most Native Siberians originate from the area just North of Mongolia (Lake Baikal).
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:06 AM
 
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If you look at pictures and videos from many parts of Siberia, the people look variously European and Asian.

So, where did Siberians originate from? And what continent is their culture closer to?
Siberia is one of that things challenging definitively the concept of Europe and Asia, since neither are distinct continents but a continuous land mass. Russia itself is culturally, but not geopolitically Europe, while also not having much in common with the rest of Asia.

If we consider that most of people speak Russian, and it is a Slavic language and religion there is mainly Christianity, then, yes, we can argue that Siberia tends culturally more to Eastern Europe than to Asia, like the rest of Russia. However, traditional peoples of Siberia - nowadays minorities - speak many languages, most of them isolate or related to Turkic, Mongol and Uralic groups, and have their own religions, usually a form of Shamanism.

The Ainu People is also worthy of note, since while having their own cultural identity, have people living both in Japan and in Russia and speaking both languages. They also have a traditional language which is almost dead.

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Old 02-24-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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Look at these teen models from Siberia. They look like they could be from some northern European country.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc4azhg4WnE
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Old 02-24-2017, 02:35 PM
 
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Now days Siberia is mostly European, but the few places where the natives still live then those places would be Asian, but still have a lot of European influence since Russia as a whole is a European country. Siberia experienced a lot of the same things as North America, they both used to be populated by natives and then displaced by white colonists.

1. https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1175...7i13312!8i6656

2. https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1166...7i13312!8i6656

You would think those photos (1 & 2) were taken somewhere in Europe, but no that's Vladivostok, right next to China and North Korea.

3. https://www.google.com/maps/@52.2831...7i13312!8i6656

4. https://www.google.com/maps/@52.2806...7i13312!8i6656

Same thing with these (3 & 4) which were taken in Irkutsk which used to be known as the Paris of Siberia back in the early 1900s.

But there are some cities with significant ethnic populations, but the architecture for the most part is the same as the other Russian cities except for a few monument buildings.

Kyzyl: 82% Tuvan
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7165...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7195...7i13312!8i6656

Ulan-Ude: 21.4% Buryat

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.8250...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.8336...7i13312!8i6656

Yakutsk: 50% Yakut
https://www.google.com/maps/@62.0276...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@62.0245...7i13312!8i6656

However one of the most asian looking places is actually in the European part
Elista: 57% Kalmyk
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3076...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3084...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 02-24-2017, 04:52 PM
 
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Siberia is in Asia though.

Specifically, North Asia.
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:49 PM
 
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Look at these teen models from Siberia. They look like they could be from some northern European country.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc4azhg4WnE
You are looking at ethnic Russians here, which are by definition the "Eastern Europeans"))))
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:55 PM
 
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These are the NATIVE people of Siberia ( who are still there too.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuBagZcJsVM
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:57 PM
 
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If you look at pictures and videos from many parts of Siberia, the people look variously European and Asian.

So, where did Siberians originate from? And what continent is their culture closer to?
If we are talking about the indigenous people of Siberia, then their *closest relatives* are American Indians.
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Old 02-26-2017, 03:06 PM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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Now days Siberia is mostly European, but the few places where the natives still live then those places would be Asian, but still have a lot of European influence since Russia as a whole is a European country. Siberia experienced a lot of the same things as North America, they both used to be populated by natives and then displaced by white colonists.

1. https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1175...7i13312!8i6656

2. https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1166...7i13312!8i6656

You would think those photos (1 & 2) were taken somewhere in Europe, but no that's Vladivostok, right next to China and North Korea.

3. https://www.google.com/maps/@52.2831...7i13312!8i6656

4. https://www.google.com/maps/@52.2806...7i13312!8i6656

Same thing with these (3 & 4) which were taken in Irkutsk which used to be known as the Paris of Siberia back in the early 1900s.

But there are some cities with significant ethnic populations, but the architecture for the most part is the same as the other Russian cities except for a few monument buildings.

Kyzyl: 82% Tuvan
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7165...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.7195...7i13312!8i6656

Ulan-Ude: 21.4% Buryat

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.8250...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.8336...7i13312!8i6656

Yakutsk: 50% Yakut
https://www.google.com/maps/@62.0276...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@62.0245...7i13312!8i6656

However one of the most asian looking places is actually in the European part
Elista: 57% Kalmyk
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3076...7i13312!8i6656
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.3084...7i13312!8i6656
That's impressive. Irkutsk could easily be somewhere in Eastern Europe.
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