Collection: Map Imagery
Title: Hanging People, 1562, Russiae, Moscoviae et Tartariae descriptio auctore Antonio Jenkensono anglo edita Londini anno 1562 & dedicata illustriss D. Henrico Sydneo Wallie presidi
Date Produced: 1562
Date Published: 1562
Description: A group of people kneeling before a man in a tree; bodies hang from the trees in the background.
Historical Context: Latin text below describes the scene: The Kirgessen people live in troops or hordes. They have the following custom: when a priest performs a religious ceremony, he obtains blood, milk and dung of beasts of burden, and mixes it with earth. He pours this in a specific vessel and climbs a tree with it, and when there is a gathering, he sprinkles it over the people, and this sprinkling is considered to be divine, and is worshipped. When someone of them dies, that person is hung up in a tree by way of burial