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The Galician Karaites, Their Language, Customs, And Traditions: The Community As Seen From An Ethnographic Perspective

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This chapter analyses the most important customs and traditions of the Galician community on the basis of available written, material, and oral sources. While describing the religious views and practices of the local community, it discusses only those which were specific exclusively to the Galician Karaites. The chapter discusses the linguistic features and historical development of the Galician- Volhynian dialect of the Karaim language and also survey the literary activity in Western Karaim, with specific emphasis on the authors from Galicia. Early modern sources attest to active contacts between the Karaites of Galicia with their brethren in Constantinople, Volhynia, and Lithuania. Abraham Firkowicz (1787-1874), one of the most important figures in Karaite history, had had long and intimate contacts with the Galician Karaites since his early years.

Keywords: Abraham Firkowicz; Galician community; Karaim language



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