DORZHI BANZAROV AND THE BEGINNINGS OF MONGOLIAN AND BURYAT STUDIES IN BURYATIA
Dugarov V. D.
The articles presents the milestones of life and scientific evidence of a representative of the Cossacks Dorzhi Banzarov, who was one of the originators of Mongolian studies in Russia. Research of an outstanding Russian and Buryat orientalist of the mid.
XIX century were devoted to problems of the shamanism which had been unknown to Russian and world orientalist study.
A young Buryat scholar investigated little known Mongol studies works on history of Buddhism, ethnography, philology, folklore, epigraphy, problems of translation of manuscripts from Mongolian and other languages. He formed scientific foundation for further studies of historic-religious, philosophic-cultural, philological heritage of peoples of Mongolian ethnosphere. D. Banzarov’s development as a scholar went on in the Russian empire under influence of the founders of Russian oriental studies first of all
O. М. Kovalevski. Study of Mongolia and Mongolian-Buryat ethnic world promoted by D. Banzarov was connected with progress of Mongolian and Buryat oral and written language, based on classic Uighur written language.