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Patron Deities of the Hunt and Wild Animals in Dagestan

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The paper discusses the characteristic features and spheres of activities of the patron deities of the hunt, masters of the animals and protectors of game and wildlife in the folk beliefs of the Dagestani highlanders―different groups of Avars, Laks, Lezgins, Dargins, Tabasaranis, Tsakhurs, Rutuls, and Kumyks. Some of these deities are ambivalent figures equally standing as harmful demons, who steal the foetus of righteous women, new-born babies or cows.


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