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Motherhood: Caucasus
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In Caucasian cultures the cult of the mother, which is at the forefront of life, manifests itself at the linguistic level. Many words, such as land, water, and fire in the Vainakh, Daghestan, and Georgian languages begin with the word for “mother,” as well as the words denoting sanctity in the Abkhazian language. In these cultures the traditional attitude toward the mother is combined with forms of Christianity and Islam.

Although there are nuclear families in the cities, the extended family predominates in the Caucasus. Islam allows polygyny in both religious and…

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Zurikashvili, Feride, “Motherhood: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0119c>
First published online: 2009

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