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A kazár szakrális királyság
The Khazar Sacral Kingship

Author(s): Peter Benjamin Golden
Subject(s): Ancient World, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Molnár Kiadó
Summary/Abstract: The ruling house and core tribes of the Khazar empire did not share the same tribal or, in many instances, ethnic origins as those of the Kaghanate's diverse subject population. The Khazar rulers were heirs of the Türk kaghanal charisma. Although aspects of sacral rule and dual kingship can be seen in the Türk and other Inner Asian nomad-based empires, it was only in Khazaria that the Kaghan became a sacralized, tabuized figure. This transformation occurred in the 9th century and may reflect the influence of the Ors, the Khwarazmian-Iranian guard of the Kaghan and the chief minister drawn from their ranks.

  • Page Range: 37-60
  • Page Count: 24
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: Hungarian