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Traditional Masovian garb

The Masovians or Mazovians ( Polish: Mazowszanie [ˈmazɔvˈʂanʲɛ]; Masovian: Masovsany) are a Lechitic tribe or an ethnic group associated with the region of Mazovia. They were first referenced by Nestor the Chronicler in the 11th century. Originally, their main settlements were in the area of Płock, Łomża, Wizna, Czersk, Ciechanów, Płońsk, Zakroczym and Grójec. Off-shoots include the Masurians and Kurpie. Masurians settled the region of Masuria which was named after them. Today, the term Mazovians can also be used to refer to the contemporary inhabitants of the Mazovian Voivodeship in Poland. Mazovians were pagan before Christianisation. They formerly buried the dead toward the North Star.[1]