|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. |
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.
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.
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
Bennett & Bloom, November 2010