Source: Visit Estonia
This ethnic and linguistic minority living in an area covering South East Estonia and North West Russia are renowned, admired and loved for their impressive vocal heritage, traditional villages and food.
For their geographical location, religion and roots, seto culture is often viewed as existing on the border of two worlds. So, if you're looking to explore some European indigenous culture, then head to the southeastern border of Estonia to Seto traditional villages.
Setos have kept close ties to their traditional roots throughout the history and boast their own unique lifestyle including their own language and clothing customs. Setos are also well known for their ancient polyphonic singing tradition that is kept alive and well by older and younger generations alike. While in Setomaa, make sure to sample some of their home cooked pies, lake fish and dairy.
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