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Among the Ket people of Siberia, Tomam was the goddess of migratory birds. She is associated with the south, warmth, and the northern migration of birds that accompanies the warmer months. In the autumn southward migrating birds are considered to be returning to "Mother Tomam". [1] [2]

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Kets are a Siberian people. In the Russian Empire, they were called Ostyaks, without differentiating them from several other Siberian peoples. Later they became known as Yenisey ostyaks, because they lived in the middle and lower basin of the Yenisei River in the Krasnoyarsk Krai district of Russia. The modern Kets lived along the eastern middle stretch of the river before being assimilated politically into Russia between the 17th and 19th centuries. According to the 2010 census, there were 1,220 Kets in Russia.

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  1. Esther Jacobson (1993). The Deer Goddess of Ancient Siberia. Brill. p. 200. ISBN   9789004096288.
  2. Manfred Lurker (1987). "Tomam". Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons. Routledge. p. 250. ISBN   9780710208774.

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