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Herman A Wilderness Saint
From Sarov, Russia to Kodiak, Alaska

By Sergei Korsun With Lydia Black Translated by Daniel Marshall

Herman A Wilderness Saint
Paperback, 264 pages
Published: 12th October 2012
ISBN: 9780884651925
Status: Available
Format: 7in x 5in
$19.95

Electronic book text (EPUB), 257 pages
Published: 1st November 2012
ISBN: 9780884652052
Status: Available
$14.95

Electronic book text (Kindle), 257 pages
Published: 1st November 2012
ISBN: 9780884653042
Status: Available

Category: Saint's Lives and Biographies

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How is it that a simple Russian Orthodox monk traveled thousands of miles across the Eurasian landmass and north Pacific ocean to settle in Kodiak, Alaska? Why, nearly 200 years later was he cited in a speech to the 91st United States Congress, delivered by Senator Ted Stevens? It was expressed in this oration that his canonization will serve to yield new benevolence and understanding to provide the Aleut and other native people of Alaska the rewards of their faith in their Church and the rewards of their faith in America.

The memory of St Herman, canonized in 1970, has spread well beyond Alaska. This new work brings to light primary sources that illuminate the story of St Herman and the wider context of the history of Russian colonization in the Pacific northwest.  It reveals new fascinating biographical details such as his connection to St Seraphim of Sarov. The reader will encounter interesting texts on the attitude of the Russian Orthodox missionaries to a kind of same sex marriage practiced by some Alaskan natives, and the story of the legendary Novgorodians who were believed to have established a colony in Alaska during the reign of Ivan the Terrible.

Thus the work will be of interest to those who love the saint, and to students of Russian-American history and the ethnology of the native peoples of Alaska.

Sergei Korsun, Cand. Sc., is the Chief Specialist in the Department of America within The Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in St Petersburg, Russia.

Dr Lydia Black was a renowned historian and anthropologist of Russian America, who taught for many years at the University of Alaska. Her other works include Russian in Alaska, 1732 – 1867 and The Journals of Iakov Netsvetov: The Yukon Years, 1845 -1863.

CONTENTS

Foreword to the English-Language Edition
Introduction
1. St Herman’s Call: From Sarov to Valaam Monastery
2. Missionary Service in Alaska
Organization of the Orthodox Mission in America
First Year on Kodiak Island
The Life and Ascetic Labors of the Missionaries
Father Herman Takes Charge of the Kodiak Mission
3. On Spruce Island: A Saint in the Wilderness
4. Father Herman’s Repose and His Legacy
Appendix 1: The Fate of New Valaam
Appendix 2: Glorification of the Venerable
Herman of Alaska, the Wonder-Worker
Appendix 3: Eyewitnesses
Notes
Index

Sergei Korsun, Cand. Sc., is the Chief Specialist in the Department of America within The Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in St Petersburg, Russia.



Publication Details:

Binding: , 264 pages
ISBN: 9780884651925
Format:  x

Binding: , 257 pages
ISBN: 9780884652052

Binding: , 257 pages
ISBN: 9780884653042

BIC Code: BGX, HBJK, HRCC8
BISAC Code:  HIS029000, REL049000, REL110000
Imprint: The Printshop of St. Job of Pochaev


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