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formerly one of the major Adyg tribes, now an ethnographic Adygeian group who live in the aul (village) of Shovgenovskii, Shovgenovskii Raion, Adygei Autonomous Oblast. They speak Abadzekh, a dialect which is being gradually supplanted by the literary Adygei language. Abadzekh believers are Sunnites. Their basic occupations are agriculture, animal husbandry, and horticulture.