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Circassian Culture and Folklore: Hospitality, Traditions, Cuisine, Festivals and Music (Kabardian, Cherkess, Adigean, Shapsugh and Diaspora)

 

 

 

Compiled & edited by Amjad Jaimoukha

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This is the first book in English to describe in detail the rich culture and traditions of the Circassians - comprising the Karbardians, Cherkess, Adigeans and Shapsugh. The diaspora of this North Caucasian people stems from their defeat in the catastrophic century-long Circassian-Russian War, which ended in 1864. As a result, Circassia's population lost their time-honoured independence and huge numbers went into exile.

Circassian Culture and Folklore provides an ethno-anthropological perspective on the ancient hospitality, cuisine and attitude to life that Circassians across the world still keep alive. A taste is also given of the many holidays and festivals celebrated across the calendar, revealing their vibrant syncretism of ancient beliefs.

Sections cover the ancient Nart epics and Circassian music and musicology, complete with traditional songs and melodies divided into genres (a CD anthology is available separately). A collection of Circassian sayings and expressions with English translations plus a comprehensive bibliography are included as appendices.

THE AUTHOR: Amjad Jaimoukha's other works include Kabardian-English Dictionary, The Circassians: A Handbook, Grammar of the Kabardian Language, The Cycles of the Nart Epic of the Circassians, Circassian Proverbs and Sayings, Circassian Bibliography, The Chechens: A Handbook, Parlons tcherkesse: Dialecte kabarde (with Michel Malherbe).

– 560 pages, 156 x 234mm, with 175 B&W illustrations, maps and sheet music

Published Bennett & Bloom, November 2010

 

CIRCASSIAN CULTURE AND FOLKLORE:
HOSPITALITY, TRADITIONS, CUISINE, FESTIVALS AND MUSIC (KABARDIAN, CHERKESS, ADIGEAN, SHAPSUGH AND DIASPORA)

Acknowledgements

Foreword

Maps

Introduction

1. HOSPITALITY – Distinguished Hosts and Guests

2. CUISINE – Ancient Traditions – Kabardian Cuisine: Fresh Meat Dishes; Dried & Smoked Meat Dishes; Poultry & Egg Dishes; Fish Dishes; Dairy Product Dishes; Flour, Cereal & Haricot Bean Dishes; Potato & Gourd Dishes; Drinks & Beverages; Sweets & Desserts; Vegetables & Fruits – Adigean Cuisine: Cold Cuts & Hors d_Oeuvres; Broths & Soups; Main Dishes: Meat; Main Dishes: Poultry; Dairy Product Dishes; Cereal & Flour Dishes; Pastries; Vegetable & Legumes Dishes; Drinks & Beverages; More Adigean Recipes; Other Adigean Dishes & Foodstuffs – Diaspora Cuisine

3. FESTIVALS – Beliefs and Rituals – Pagan Worship – Songs of the Hunt – Agrarian Festivals – Christian Festivals – Family Ceremonies and Rituals – Nuptial Ritual Chants and Toasts – Disease, Decrepitude and Death 5. MUSIC – Circassian Music and Musicology – Scores for Songs and Melodies in the Text – The Art of the Circassian Minstrels: An Anthology of Circassian Music (CD Collection)

4. FURTHER READING

Appendix
1: The Circassians Appendix
2: The Kabardians Appendix
3: The Circassian Language Appendix
4: Sayings and Expressions Appendix
5: Kabardian-Adigean-English Terms Appendix
6: More Cuisine Terms Appendix
7: Nart Tales – Tale 1: The Story of How the Narts Ravished Lady Satanay – Tale 2: Amisch and Theghelej – Tale 3: Satanay-Flower – Tale 4: The Sickle of the Narts Appendix
8: Circassian Etiquette (A Poem) Bibliography and References

Bibliography of Circassian Lexicography

Index

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