Smithsonian: Russian hermit family

The Lykov family of Russian Old Believers survived in isolation in the Siberian taiga for over 40 years before contact with the outer world in the late 1970’s. A Smithsonian article titled “For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II ” presents a fine summary of their life in obscurity and thereafter, with photographs and bibliographical references.


Personal note: The 1992 book by Vasily Peskov titled Lost in the Taiga: One Russian Family’s Fifty-Year Struggle for Survival and Religious Freedom in the Siberian Wilderness was one of the first books reviewed when Hermitary launched in 2002:

Homelessness as solitude

A news item titled “Galovin finds peace in trading society for solitude” on a homeless man in Washington State is representative of the potential of homeless people to consciously craft a life of dignity in its simplicity and solitude. The examples of Tom Boyle and Daniel Suelo are pertinent, as is the history of Japanese eremitism.