Daghestan: Tradition and Survival [NOOK Book]

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Daghestan is home to more than 30 distinct peoples. Each has their own language yet they share a surprisingly homogeneous culture that has both withstood and absorbed centuries of external influences. A fascinating account of change and adaptation in the villages of this area.
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Daghestan: Tradition and Survival

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Overview

Daghestan is home to more than 30 distinct peoples. Each has their own language yet they share a surprisingly homogeneous culture that has both withstood and absorbed centuries of external influences. A fascinating account of change and adaptation in the villages of this area.
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A British scholar of Asian art and culture reports on his search for non-Soviet features of life in the north eastern Caucasus that is home to 32 distinct peoples and languages. He tends to focus on textiles, architecture, and food, exploring such topics as the strongman cult, women and sex, King Khorsor's dumplings, capes and masks, fighting dogs and magic beasts, and new nationalism. An afterword explains how Daghestan sat out of the Chechen war. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136107221
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 13 MB
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Map of villages
1 Introduction: survival and tradition 1
2 Kung-fu in the evenings: the strongman cult 13
3 Inventing the wheelbarrow: women and sex in the mountains 39
4 A way to be born 66
5 ...and a way to die 83
6 King Khosrows' dumplings: food & feasts 98
7 Familiar surroundings 130
8 ...and cosmic-domestic textiles 153
9 Capes, masks & costumes 168
10 Fighting dogs and magic beasts 191
11 The society of godless zealots 208
12 The secret garden of Botlikh 221
13 New nationalism for old nations 238
14 Afterword: Daghestan avoids violence & the Russian-Chechen War 267
Further reading and sources 285
Appendices 287
Bibliography 295
Census 300
Map: Languages of Daghestan 302
Index 303
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