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Kryts people

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Kryts people

Total population
approx. 10,000 - 15,000 (2005)
Regions with significant populations
 Azerbaijan 10,000 - 15,000 (2005)[1]
Kryts, Azeri
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Shahdagh people.

The Kryts (self хърыцӏаь) people of Azerbaijan reside in several villages in the Cuba, Khachmaz, Ismayilli and Gabala regions, as well as in the cities of Baku and Sumgait.

In 2005, the number of Kryts was between 10,000 and 15,000. They speak the Kryts language, which belongs to the Lezgian branch of the Nakh-Dagestani language family. In addition, all speak the Azerbaijani language.

Number and culture

The number Kryts according to H. Seidlitz, extracted from posemeynyh lists in 1886, was 7,767 people. In «The Sociolinguistic Situation of the Kryts in Azerbaijan» it was reported that the number of Kryts was between 10,000 and 15,000.

Main occupation - livestock, agriculture and horticulture are of secondary importance. The development of crafts - manufacture of carpets, rugs, woolen patterned socks.

Kryts are predominantly Sunni Muslims.


  1. ^ "Kryts language" in Ethnologue.
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