ETHNONYMS: Self-designation: Lezgi (pl., Lezgiar)

Marriage and Family

Most Lezgin marriages were within the clan even though clan exogamy was allowed. Families traditionally arranged marriages (the elder women were the most important in these decisions). The groom's family paid a bride-price ( kalïm ) . This custom is still followed in some areas but is becoming rarer, and the kalïm is now more of a symbolic payment.


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