Jérémie Jung

Setomaa, a Kingdom on the Edge
Location: Paris, France
Nationality: French
Biography: Born in 1980, Jérémie Jung has a degree from the Faculté des Arts Plastiques de Strasbourg and also was trained as a photojournalist at l'EMI-CFD in Paris. He discovered Estonia in 2011. In 2013 he initiated a long-term... read on
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Setomaa, a Kingdom on the Edge
Credits: jérémie jung
Date of Work: 08/01/14 - 09/16/15
Updated: 10/15/19
At the edge of worlds, straddling the European Union and the Russian Federation, orthodoxy and paganism, death and life, secular traditions and modernism, stands the young kingdom of Setomaa. It has been proclaimed in 1994 by the Seto, a Finno-Ugric group, to revitalize and affirm their identity, after the restoration of Estonian independence in 1991.

The Setomaa culture has been weakened over time by nearly half a century of Soviet control and the newly established (1991), not yet ratified (2019), Estonia-Russia border, which severs the region.

Today, the Seto King, also the god of fertility named Peko, is resting for eternity under the orthodox monastery of Petchory in the Russian side of the Setomaa. He communicates with its people through the dreams of his vice King or Queen, the Ülembsootska who is elected each year in August on the Estonian side of the Setomaa.

(story lead between 2014 and 2015)