Nous sommes heureux de vous convier à venir à la première séance du séminaire des Études mongoles & sibériennes le 30 novembre 2021 pour écouter Paul Shore (Université de Regina, Canada), pour une intervention intitulée : « A Jesuit among the Kalmyks: Jan Milan, SJ and his Relatio cuiusdam Missionarii… anno 1700 », au Campus Condorcet, 14 cour des Humanités, 93322 Aubervilliers cedex., de14h à 16h, en salle 5.067 (bâtiment de recherche nord).
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Jan (Joannes) Milan, SJ (1662-1737) was a Jesuit missionary of Bohemian background who travelled to Crimea in 1700 after several years of service at the court of Peter the Great. Milan wrote a Relatio of his encounter with Kalmyk culture there that includes several ritual incantations, which he transcribed into the Roman alphabet, and then translated into Latin. This manuscript, now in the National Library in Prague, is illustrated with examples of Kalmyk religious practices, warfare, music making and daily life. The Kalmyk alphabet, days of the week, and “Zodiac” are also presented. In addition, Milan provides some glimpses into the cultures of the Mordvins, Circassians, and Bashkirs, and provides an example of what he believes to be a “Mordvin” incantation that has yet to be translated.
This lecture will locate Milan’s work in the context of Jesuit “proto- ethnology” in non-European cultures, while placing it in relation to the writings of Nicolaes Witsen and Andrei Vinius. We shall also consider how Milan balanced his roles as missionary and observer of culture while a guest among the Kalmyks.
Au plaisir de vous retrouver nombreux,
I. Charleux, G. Delaplace & V. Vaté