Abkhazians [electronic resource] : RI03.

New Haven, Conn. : Human Relations Area Files, 2009-
eHRAF world cultures. Asia.
eHRAF world cultures
Ethnology -- Caucasus.
Caucasus -- Civilization.
This collection consists of a culture summary and four English language documents dealing with the people and culture of Abkhazia, covering approximately 1864 to 1979. The study by Paula Garb is based on the memories of centenarian informants and goes back in time to the middle or late nineteenth century. They recount the transition from czarist fuedalism to capitalist development, early Soviet government, the formation of collective farms, World War II, and their opinions of modern (late twentieth century) Abkhazian youth. Benet focuses on various environmental and biological factors leading to extreme longevity of a large number of individuals in Abkhaz society. Other ethnographic topics discussed are kinship and kinship terminology, women's roles, marriage, sexual behavior, child-rearing practices, funerals, religion, and folklore. Dzhanashvili and Dzhanashia both deal in large part with Abkhaz religion, including gods, ceremonies, spirits of the dead, and holidays. Dzhanashvili also presents some general ethnographic information on social life (marriage, the fosterage system of the upper class), and some notes on mortuary practices. The Abkhazians mostly live in the de facto autonomous republic of Abkhazia located between the southwestern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains and a narrow strip along the Black Sea coast in the extreme northwest region of the Republic of Georgia.
Abkhasians / Sula Benet
From childhood to centenarian / Paula Garb
Culture summary, Abkhazians / B. George Hewitt
Religious beliefs of the Abkhasians / N. S. Janashia
Abkhazia and the Abkhaz / M. G. Dzhanashvili, translated from Russian by Aza Tugan and Elma Kasbek.
Title from Web page (viewed Apr. 12, 2010).
This portion of eHRAF world cultures was last updated in 2009 and is a revision and update of the microfiche file, Abkhaz.
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Benet, Sula, 1903-1982. Abkhasians.
Garb, Paula, 1948- From childhood to centenarian.
Hewitt, B. G. Culture summary, Abkhazians.
Janashia, N. S. Religious beliefs of the Abkhasians.
Janašvili, Mose, 1855-1934. Abkhaziya i abkhaztsy. English.
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