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Translated and Annotated by Zaina El-Said

Submitted: September 30, 2016

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  1. The Narts Age

Kabardian text

 

During the Narts age, the cities carried Circassian names. The Circassians inherited the Narts customs, fashion, and valor. They lived in the suburbs of “Nart-Sana,” “Iynzchizch,” and “Psizch’. Following the name Adige, they became known as The Circassians.  Other nations, especially the eastern nations knew us as “Cherkess” (Circassians). However, amongst ourselves, we represent ourselves as the Adige.

The Qeberdei (Kabardians) are one of the Circassian tribes.  The term Circassian comprise of the Kabarday, the Beislenei, the Kakh, the Abazax, and the Schapsighe amongst others.

Until this day, a person who commits reprehensible action, they are rebuked: “Are you not an Adige?” (We Adige’a?).

There were clairvoyants amongst the Narts, who foretold by reading a shoulder bone. Each year the Narts convened and held various games and competitions. They used to roll a sharp wheel from ‘Waschhemaxue summit, and roll the wheel upward towards the summit again, by striking it with their hand.  The Narts held horse race contests, (seated on the horse’s back, and laying against the sides), and while they are racing, they would lift objects with a whip or strike eggs that lay on the ground. They held wrestling and archery contests amongst many other games. The Narts also competed in dance, where they would stand on the edge of a huge round table without shaking or dropping any of the food. The Narts frequently held wine-festivals.

 

(The Narts, I945, p. 8) Nalchik

 

* This short account, briefly describes features of the Circassian history and the general nature of their ancestors, the Narts. 

It is also noteworthy to explain the expression pronounced upon committing a reprehensible action. Ue Adige’e? Literarily translates to, Are you not a Circassian? This question is one of the fundamental aspects of being and becoming a Circassian. Because the Circassians perceive their national identity with high esteem and pride, a reminder of a faulty person’s ethnicity is a way of redeeming them to commit further ill actions. This characteristic is derived from a set of high morals the Circassians cherish known as Adigaghe, the ultimate notion of the ideal human, devoid of ignominy and error.

The origin and literal meaning of the Circassians ethnic designation Adige, is to a certain extent ambiguous, however, a theory implies that Adige is a name adopted following the sun-veneration era.

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Dige: sun,

Historical and archeological records suggest strong sun veneration features among the Circassians. (http://www.kavkaznews.net/ara/topics/maykop.htm) Accessed December 16, 2009.  Hence, the designation, Adige, may have been a title for faith follower rather than a nation, steadily reversing into the opposite, developing into the Adige people, adopting the creed as an identity. The term We Adige’e seems to refer to the importance of upholding the devout belief in the sun.

Additionally, this account displays the dynamic society the Narts correspond to. The contests, games, and series of dance and wine-festivities highly render striking semblance to the ancient Greco-Roman sport and leisure activities.

 


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