people of the North Caucasus
include the modern Chechens
, who are today predominantly Muslim
in religion. Nevertheless, their folklore has preserved a substantial amount of information about their pre-Islamic pagan
beliefs. Vainakh practiced their own pagan religion, which was a mixture of different cults, including animism
, familial-ancestral and agrarian and funereal cults.
Connections to the mythologies of other peoples
K. Sikhuralidze believed that perhaps in the distant past, there was a general culture of the Caucasus. Study of Kartvelian
and Vainakh mythologies indicates this similarity implicit in the legends of the battles of titans and gods.
Circassians and certain Indo-European groups
There were also many similarities that Vainakh mythologies shared with those of the Circassians
(as the Circassian historian Amjad Jaimoukha notes frequently) but also those of the Greeks, the Italic, the Celtic (see respective subsection) and the Germanic peoples. There are many shared myths that all these peoples have.
However, among all these, Amjad Jaimoukha argues in his book... Read More