A wedding in Dagestan

Dagestani musician

Russia Beyond the Headlines has a nice photo-essay of a wedding in Dagestan, a republic in the Russia Federation down in the north-eastern Caucasus. The form of lezginka I’m learning is “wedding lezginka”, and can be seen in some of the shots.

I’m getting more and more interested in the culture of Dagestan, as it becomes clear that so much of the Cossack culture that attracted me was originally borrowed from the peoples of Dagestan and their neighbours in the northern Caucasus. I didn’t expect that it would be easier to learn about Dagestani culture than Cossack culture here in St. Petersburg, but that it seems to be the case…

And: wow, look at that landscape! Looks like a hard country…

Image credit: untitled photo of a musician playing a dechig pondar. Photographer ‘Nick’, full name unknown. Taken from the photo-essay in Russia Beyond the Headlines.


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