Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Traditional Belief System Again Informing Ever More Aspects of Circassian Life, Uniting the Nation
Staunton, August 17 – As recently as 2012, many Russian commentators suggested that Adyge Habze, the collection of traditional beliefs that for centuries have informed Circassian identity and behavior, were dying out, the result of globalization and the policies of the Soviet government (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2013/01/window-on-eurasia-circassians-caught.html).
There were good reasons then to believe such Russian suggestions were less a description of reality than of the hopes of the imperial center that beliefs which had informed the Circassian struggle against the Russian advance in earlier centuries were dying out. Now, thanks to the work of Circassian scholars, there are even more compelling reasons for rejecting their claims. Read more