Search Results

The paper discusses the characteristic features and spheres of activities of the patron deities of the hunt, masters of the animals and protectors of game and wildlife in the folk beliefs of the Dagestani highlanders―different groups of Avars, Laks, Lezgins, Dargins, Tabasaranis, Tsakhurs, Rutuls, and Kumyks. Some of these deities are ambivalent figures equally standing as harmful demons, who steal the foetus of righteous women, new-born babies or cows.

In: Iran and the Caucasus

The paper describes several interesting details from the rich repository of folk beliefs, cults, rites and ceremonies of obviously pre-Islamic nature, recorded among the Gidatlis. The latter are a sub-ethnic group of the Avars living in the Shamil region of Dagestan.

In: Iran and the Caucasus