The book reviews Chechen culture from the earliest times to the present day. The genesis of material culture is regarded in close connection with the ethnic interpretation of ancient archaeological cultures of the North Caucasus. The analysis of intangible heritage opens with folklore as the cradle of many genres and types of artistic culture. The author regards religious culture as interlinked with mythology and material culture from the inception of worship in the New Stone Age to this day. Many problems of cultural history and typology are posed and solved in this book, which offers detailed coverage of Chechen ethics, literature, the typology of music and dance, pictorial art and folk crafts.
Mediaeval tower architecture is presented dialectically through its evolution, whose presentation proceeds from an analysis of numerous structures of various functions and from many eras.
The monograph is intended for researchers, students and the public-at-large taking interest in Chechen culture and history.
Prof. Valeri Tishkov, Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Prof. Sergei Arutyunov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences