The Struggle for Identity - Cognitive Anthropology: Aspects of the Zaza Worldview

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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?
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19 pages
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worldview
struggle for identity
social science
religion
evil eye
envy
cognitive anthropology
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Turkey
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