A Comparative Study of Primitive Religious Traditions and Beliefs about Death among Muslim and Christian Tatars


* Muhammad Modabber Chaharborj / MA in Religions, University of Religions and Denominations
Siamak Ja’farzadeh / Assistant Professor, the department of Islamic Jurisprudence and Law, Urmia University
Yulia Absaliamova / MA in the Humanities, National University of Bashkortostan, Russia
Received: 2020/06/09 - Accepted: 2020/12/07

Because of the importance of death and the afterlife, different nations accepting new religions resist the change in the rituals of death and to continue to preserve their ancestral traditions. Thus, death rituals are more integrated than other religious rites, and one can easily see the differences in the rites of different ethnic groups following a religion. The Tatars, one of the peoples under the Russian Empire for centuries, are a unique example of preserving the traditions of primitive religions and beliefs and integrating them with the new religion. This issue can be pursued in both the Muslim and Christian branches of this nation. This comparative study of these traditions show us that they are more concentrated among Christian Tatars than Muslim Tatars. The root of this problem can be found in the shortage of relevant rites in Christianity, and the richness of rituals on death and post-mortem rituals in Islam. The present article studies these rituals through an analytical-comparative method.
Keywords: death rituals, burial, Tatar, primitive religions, Islam, Christianity.

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