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BITS OF CULTURE - Azerbaijan
 
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Map
Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

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Official language:

Azeri

Other languages:
Armenian
Lexgin
Russian
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Cultural Values

  • Although religious practice in Azerbaijan is less restrictive of women's activities than in most of the other Muslim countries, vestiges of the traditional female role remain. Particularly in rural communities, women who appear in public unaccompanied, smoke in public, drive automobiles, or visit certain theaters and restaurants are subject to disapproval.
  • The ancient Azerbaijani musical tradition known as ashugs consists of improvising songs while playing a stringed instrument called a kobuz. Other vocal and instrumental compositions called mugams are also part of the oral folk tradition

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • National cuisine is heavy on meat - especially lamb, beef, mutton and poultry - and richly spiced. Common items are pilaf (rice fried with meat, fish, vegetables or even fruit) and fish, especially sturgeon.
  • Many dishes use saffron, though they often use coriander, fennel, mint and parsley.
    Soup is a staple of Azerbaijani cuisine, often made with meat and sheep fat.

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Interesting Facts
  • Azerbaijan is famous for its embroidered textiles. Artists use colorful threads (sometimes made of gold or silver) and beads to create geometric patterns on a thin wool fabric called tirme
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