Temirgoy people

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Temirgoy or Chemirgoy (Adyghe: КIэмгуй Ḉemgwj or КIэмыргъуэй Ḉemyrğwej; Russian: Темиргоевцы Temirgoevcy) are one of the Adyghe tribes (sub-ethnic groups) of the Circassian people.

They live mainly in Adygea and presented diaspora. The Temirgoy language (Adyghe: КIэмыргъуэйбзэ Ḉemyrğwejbze), and the Bzhedug language (two dialects of the Adyghe language) are the main languages of the Circassians in the Republic of Adygea.

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They were one of the strongest and most powerful Circassian tribes. They lived between the lower flows of the Belaya and Laba Rivers. On the north their lands extended to the Kuban. Sources note that Temirgoy tribe was richer than its neighbors. They cultivated cattle breeding and agriculture: millet, corn, wheat, rye and sunflower. Class differentiation in Temirgoy tribe was very clear. The most important family of princely origin was Bolotoko, which at some point controlled Temirgoy, Yegeruko and Mamheg tribes. 1864 - After the end of the Caucasian War, most Temirgoys resettled in other Circassian villages (in Bzhedugii, Kabarda, village Urupskiy (Schhaschefyzh) current Assumption district of Krasnodar region), as well as in Turkey and the Middle East . 1881 - Turkey has left the population of the village Hadzhimukohabl (now village Dondukovskaya ), many of whom are Temirgoy.

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