Jérémie Jung

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 ðŸŽ¬ Setomaa, a Kingdom on the Edge by Jérémie Jung     
Location: Paris, France
Nationality: French
Biography: Jérémie Jung is a French photographer with an interest in the Baltic region and its cultural identities. His work has been published in national and international press such as National Geographic, Geo and The Washington Post and... MORE
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🎬 Setomaa, a Kingdom on the Edge
Copyright Jérémie Jung 2022
Date of Work Jul 2014 - Sep 2015
Updated Jul 2020
Location Estonia, Setomaa
Topics Borders, Community, Conservation, Documentary, Essays, Multimedia, Photography, Setomaa, Video
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)     

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