• Artem Zhukov Zabaikalsky State University, Russian Federation
Keywords: mentality, perception, mythological image, cultural boundaries, Russian, Chinese, transboundary relation, Transbaikal region


This article presents an investigation of the mass mentality, which exists under the influence of the Russian-Chinese transboundary relation within the territory of Transbaikalia.  We have also investigated the peculiarities in the perception, of the Transbaikal population within this region, regarding the image of China and its culture.  This research defines the essence of such notions as, “mentality of Transbaikal citizens” and “mythological image.”

The objective of this research is to conduct a complex study of the phenomenal mythology, with respect to China, in the territory of Transbaikalia.  We have identified five major factors influencing the construction and reproduction of the Chinese mythological images.  As a result of this work, we have come to a conclusion that the phenomenon known as “cultural boundaries of China,” which acted as a barrier, also served as a melting pot for different cultures and languages, thereby forming the most active zone for Chinese myth creation.


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