Abaza: enjoy pomp and grandeur as you learn one of the most difficult languages on earth

If you long  to be received with pomp and grandeur when you arrive at your destination, then visit the Abazins who live in  Caucasus mountains, situated in the Russian Republic. The Abazins typically receive their guests with a ritual feast. You will be seated at a high table and given the same respect that would have been accorded  a main family member such as a father or grandfather. This is because the Abazins value hospitality. You will be introduced over wine as you and your hosts toast and get to introduce yourselves. However, if you happen to attend one of their weddings and notice that the bride is standing alone at a corner and not taking part in the festivities, do not be alarmed. A young woman who marries a man against her families wishes is required to stand in seclusion as the groom and his family feast and have a good time at the marriage ceremony. The bride’s parents cannot attend the wedding. This is whether the bride was forcefully abducted by the groom and his friends or she willingly agreed to marry the groom against her family’s wishes.

The Abaza language is spoken by the Abazins who live in the Abaza. Approximately 35,000 people in Russia speak Abaza. The language is also spoken in Turkey, Germany and USA. The language has a few vowels but many consonants. Consequently, it is considered to be one of the most difficult languages to speak, out of all the languages spoken in the former USSR. The language is closely related to Abkhaz. It is written in Cyrillic and Latin alphabet. Other names for the language includes Tapanta, Ahuwa, Abazintsy and Ashuwa. Most Abazis are Muslims from the Sunni sect.

Some languages have had more than one writing systems over time. Most writing systems are used for writing only one language with some exceptions such as Arabic, Cyrillic and Latin. In Central Asia, most languages used Arabic alphabet and then changed to Latin during the late 1920s and later to Cyrillic in the late 1930s. Some languages then switched back to Latin during the early 21st century. Other writing systems include Aramaic, Chinese, Greek, Bengali, Hebrew, Tibetan and Lao.

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