Daghestan is home to more than 30 distinct peoples. Each has their own language yet they share a surprisingly homogeneous culture that has both withstood and absorbed centuries of external influences. A fascinating account of change and adaptation in the villages of this area.

chapter 1|12 pages

Introduction: survival & tradition

chapter 4|17 pages

A way to be born . . .

chapter 5|15 pages

... and a way to die

chapter 6|32 pages

King Khosrows' dumplings: food & feasts

chapter 7|23 pages

Familiar surroundings

chapter 8|15 pages

... and cosmic-domestic textiles

chapter 9|23 pages

Capes, masks & costumes

chapter 10|17 pages

Fighting dogs and magic beasts

chapter 11|13 pages

The society of godless zealots

chapter 12|17 pages

The secret garden of Botlikh

chapter 13|29 pages

New natinalism for old nations