1743 Ethnography

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Gerhard Friedrich Müller ethnography



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Primitive notions of how other people differ from us continue to persist in many ways, nurtured by ignorance, religion, and nationalism. Johann Georg Gmelin, who went with Müller on the second expedition, was charged with learning “whether the peoples of Siberia could move their ears, whether their uvulas were simple, or split into two or three parts, whether Siberian males had milk in their breasts, etc.”

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