About From enemies to brothers
|May 25th, 2011||#1|
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From enemies to brothers info
They were persecuted horribly by the new Orthodox Church, who saw them as a rogue element, an enemy. And we, Cossacks, as always the Vanguards of the Faith, and, by that time, loyal servants of the Church, were at the forefront of that persecution. Cheered on by the Church, we attacked the starovery settlements, ransacked, burned them, raped and murdered innocent people for nothing more than practicing the same faith as us in a slightly different way. We chased them to Siberia, deep into the taiga; we drove them out into the Far East, to the Chinese and Korean border. Finally, we forced many, if not most, out of the country, into exile in South America, Alaska, Canada, and Australia.
But, today, when new threats loom, new enemy, in the form of radical Islam, our leaders came to realize, that Orthodox Christians, particularly true followeers of the Faith, such as us and those who practice the Old Way, two people who live by the Bible, who devote their lives to our God Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we must not fracture and divide ourselves any longer.
Today, Cossack groups in the Far East and Siberia assist in starovery repatriation programs.
Our men rebuild houses and barns in their old, abandoned villages; our women make them food and sew clothes. By the time the families arrive, all is ready for them. We bring them seeds too, so they can start to farm their land right away, as is their favorite activity in life. And, if necessary, Cossack armed cordons offer a secure, dependable protection against any criminal element in the area, far better than police, I should say
The program ran for 10 years now. In 2010 alone, we have resettled, just around the Far East, 2000 starovery families from Brazil, 800 from Argentina, and 650 from Bolivia. 50 families from Alaska were repatriated with Cossack help to the republic of Buryatia.
Already, their farms produce 85% of all potatoes, and 70% of tomatoes grown in that region.
Amazing hardworking, simple people. Many of the repatriated had lived their whole lives abroad, yet they and their children speak Russian perfectly, maintain their culture and customs, and live as their ancestors always had
As more of them comes in, in Primorsky krai, for example, the population stopped falling, as it had for the last 6 years. High birthrates of the starovery, as well as Cossacks, and the indegenous Koryak people of the area now are starting to compensate for the large numbers of ethnic Russians who have left the area.
The government supports this too. Hey, better we recolonize and repopulate the Far East for Russia than the Chinese do it for China or the Koreans for whichever Korea they feel more loyalty towards. lol
Last edited by tomtom22; May 26th, 2011 at 16:29..
|May 26th, 2011||#3|
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Another good history lesson from Prapor. Unfortunately, the established Churches (many colours and names) have their history littered with such unchristian attitudes and disasters. The greatest disasters of man on man probably.
The recompence adopted by these Cossack communities is all too rare, if not unique, and good to hear of.
'We were wrong' is hard to find, hard to admit.
English by the grace of God.
|May 26th, 2011||#4|
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I need to find this place, I am thinking I could make a fortune selling razors.
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld
|May 26th, 2011||#6|
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Excellent post, prapor.
One suggestion, insert a <enter> after each photo, so that they don't string across the screen.
I added them for you above.
Keep up the great posts!
"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle." - Norman Schwarskopf, Commander of Desert Storm Operations
|May 26th, 2011||#7|
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Thanks. What I was trying to do was get the smaller pics to post two per row. That did not work, though.
You won't make much money, I'm afraid. For men in that culture (and our, Cossack too, really, all fundamentalist Orthodox Christian communities) the beard is a status symbol. Goes back to ancient Russia. The beard identifies a man as married; the size of the beard shows his prominence and social status in his community.
Like this distinguished old Ataman (Cossack tribal leader) from my native Terek region
For us it differs slightly across the regions, the size and shape of facial hair.
In Kuban (Krasnodar, Sochi, etc), they wear those big mustaches, like in Ukraine (from which many have ancestry):
And the oseledec haircut, of course
We Terekians just grow beards:
For females, their hair plays a similar social role