Andi-Tsez Peoples

Andi-Tsez Peoples

 

Andi-Dido, two minor nationality groups in the western high mountain area of Dagestan—the Andi group (Andi, Akhvakh, Bagulal, Botlikh, Godoberi, Karata, Tindal, and Chamalal) and the Tsez group (Tsez or Dido, Bezhiti, Gunzeb, Ginukh, and Khvarshi). Some of the Andi-Tsez peoples also live on the plains in the Khasav”iurt and other areas. The languages of the Andi-Tsez peoples belong to the Avaro-Andi-Tsez subgroup of the Dagestan languages. Culturally the Andi-Tsez peoples are similar to the Avars, with whom they placed themselves in the 1959 census, although they preserve their native languages and specific cultural characteristics in family life. Their chief occupations are livestock-raising, farming, and the cultivation of orchards. Their literature and writings are in Avar and Russian.

REFERENCE

Narody Kavkaza, vol. 1. Moscow, 1960.
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