Laks - Religion



Laks belong to the Shafi school of Sunni Islam, within which they have long maintained a Sufi component. Sufism has served as a buffer between the Laks and the authoritarian structures of Muslim clerics and the Soviet state. Although traditional Islamic institutions, Sufi orders encouraged group solidarity and provided protection from the government apparatus; their members help each other find work and housing, arrange marriages, pay the kalïm, maintain burial societies, resolve disputes, and so forth. Rural Laks still observe many pre-Islamic planting, harvest, animal-breeding cycle, shearing, and rituals.


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