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Title:The Struggle for Identity of the Zaza People: Aspects of their Worldview
Abstract:Cognitive Anthropology as a means to combine linguistic and anthropological data is a useful framework to research a people group from the inside (mother tongue speaker) and the outside (ethnographer). During more than 15 years of anthropological-linguistic research on the worldview of the Zaza people some interesting aspects have occurred. Besides their split in two religious directions (Alevism; Sunnism), their linguistic diversity of at least three main dialect variants (Northern, Southern, Eastern/Central Dialect), and a background of a mixture of Animism, Parsism and mystic religions (Gnosticism; Dervish orders) one can find a richness of Armenian, Syrian-Orthodox, Nestorian, Jewish and other Christian cultural and linguistic influences on this people group. How has their contemporary worldview been informed by the past? Which influences have provided a path to the modern day social order of the Zaza people?
Contributor (author):Werner, Eberhard
Date:2011-2012
Description:This article is a shortened form of a paper by the same title that was presented at the Zaza Conference in Yerevan on the 28th-30th October 2011 initiated by the Caucasian Centre of Iranian Studies. The focus is on cultural aspects of identity concerning the Zaza people and their neighboring people groups. This study is based on Applied Linguistics and Cognitive Anthropology. The perspective is taken from a “Cultural Anthropology” point of view although many assumptions are picked up from “Social Anthropology”. Due to the fact that the term “culture” today is used to describe several different views it seems best to refer to “societies”. Following this analysis, a short introduction to the Zaza people and their religious setting is presented.
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/54782
Extent:12 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/54782
Is Version Of (URI):oai:sil.org:54563
Language:English
Language (ISO639):eng
Subject:Zaza language
cognitive anthropology; perception of the world; envy; evil eye; soul; religion; core values; worldview; ethnography
Subject (ISO639):zza
Type (DCMI):Text

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