Abazas

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Abazas

 

a people of the Karachaevo-Cherkess Autonomous Oblast, with separate groups in Adygei Autonomous Oblast and in the Kislovodsk region. The Abazas, whose population was 20,000 according to the 1959 census and 25,000 according to the 1970 census, speak Abaza. Their ancestors inhabited the eastern shore of the Black Sea. The Abazas have been known in their present location since the 14th century. Ethnologically they fall into two groups—the Tapanta and the Shkaraua.

REFERENCE

Narody Kavkaza, part 1. Moscow, 1960.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.