Vainakh mythology

Vainakh Mythology

Vainakh mythology

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The Vainakh people of the North Caucasus include the modern Chechens and Ingush, 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 and polytheism, 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.

Celtic peoples

However, among all these, Amjad Jaimoukha argues in his book...
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