seto people

The Seto people are an ethnic group residing in the southeastern regions of Estonia and Russia, particularly in the Setomaa region. The Seto culture is distinct, characterized by its unique language, customs, and religious practices. The Seto language is a Finno-Ugric language closely related to Estonian, but it has its own distinct dialects and expressions. Seto culture is deeply rooted in traditions, with a strong emphasis on folklore, song, dance, and handicrafts. The Seto people have preserved their traditional religious beliefs, including the worship of ancestral gods and nature spirits. Seto mythology and spirituality revolve around the concept of harmony with nature and the importance of agricultural practices for the community’s well-being. Despite external influences over the centuries, the Seto people have managed to retain their cultural identity and heritage. The Seto community celebrates its customs and traditions during various festivals and events, such as the Seto Kingdom Day and the Seto Craft Fair. The study of the Seto people offers insights into the dynamics of ethnic identity, the resilience of traditional cultures in the face of globalization, and the enduring significance of folklore and mythology in shaping the lives of communities across generations. The Seto culture is an essential part of Estonia’s rich cultural mosaic, reflecting the diversity and unique expressions of human heritage.