A Barabintzian Girl. Costume of the Russian empire.
Une Fille Barabintzienne.
THE dress of the Barabintzians is similar to that of the Baschkirians, but more wretched. Contrary to the custom of the rest .of the Tartars, the men do not shave their head; they also suffer their beard to grow, but not to any considerable length. The married women divide their hair into two braids; the unmarried ones wear several of these braids, which they ornament with ribbons: the head-dress of the married women consists of a low bonnet, trimmed round with fur; while that of the single is generally pointed, decorated with a border, and less than that worn by the former. In a few of their districts, it is not uncommon to see the women with bonnets ornamented with glass beads, like the Basch-okirians. Their only dress, in summer, consists of a chemise made of stout cloth, and embroidered in different colours, like that worn by the Tscheremisses, and already described.
THE vast desert hemmed in by the Ob and the Irtisch, and extending as far as the Altai mountains, is called Barama; this word the Russians have corrupted into Baraba, and have given the appellation of Barabintzi to the in-habitants of this country. At the time of the conquest of Siberia, the Barabintzians were scattered over the same territory which they now possess. They have suffered too much from the restlessness and ferocity of their neighbours, for their population to be numerous; they have only a remembrance of their former miseries, and have even forgotten whether or no they were ever governed by sovereigns of their own nation. Successively oppressed by the Kirguishes and Zungarians, they at length enjoy a state of tranquillity under the protection of Russia: they pay a trifling tribute to that country, and in return for this tribute, it engages to defend them from the attacks of their enemies. It is easy to trace in their features a mixture of several nations. In general they resemble the Tartars; but their flat countenances, and their long ears, evidently prove, that many of them belong to the Mongols. The language of the Barabintzians is a dialect of the Tartar, and is a proof of their belonging principally to that people. It is corrupted, but less so than that of the Baschkirs.
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