Nassians - Culture and language

Niinasinaku - Eettemö it enessükü



Kertési, (greetings to you)

     is the greeting you may hear meeting Nassian (or "niinasinaku, nasinaka" in their language).
    This page is dedicated to the brief description of the cultural evolution of Nassians and description of their language. Our aim is to build up a complex information source about this phenomenon. We hope, that you will find these pages inspiring and interesting.

Änäeettinö!   (see you again)


Niinasinaku, Niiosseraku - People of the Lakes

1 - How it began

     Imagine that in the II. cc EC, around the Lake Ilmen, there lived two Slavonic tribes: Slovianians and Ilmenians. Fairy tails about game-rich forests and vast lakes full of fish of the North came to the people. Both tribes listened to the voices of gods and followed them. They crossed the rivers Siirä, Neppä, they sailed Ossëro Neppö (Lake Ladoga) and entered the Lake Land. They met several tribes already settled there - Vepsä, Vakja, Tšuudi, Hämek, Soomi, Merja and Sammi. They built communities around the lakes, they fought with their neighbours, and they established  trade and peace agreements. In the end, by about the VIII. cc EC, as far as Ossëro Ulo (Lake Oulu) on north and Onëkka Rooka (River Onega) on east, all the land was settled by former Ilmen tribes. To show their solidarity to all the people of Ugro-Finnic origin, they started to call them Ninasu, Nasinaki, which means "ours"; later it became general name for nation of the Lake Land. Their Slavic brothers from south called them Ozeri, people from lakes; the Germans either Ossere or Norwenden, the northern Slavs.
     Frequent wars with the Germanic tribes quickened the establishing of local principalities in the VIII. cc E.C. and allowed slow movement from traditional oppëka (community) to modern feudal social relations. But still, institutions like ratta (council) remained, although landlords assumed military power. The Nassians built up a unique culture, based on their early separation from other Slavs, their late and incomplete acceptance of Christianity (early influence of Orthodox Church and - in the XV. cc E.C. - from reformist Sweden created a syncretic religion called Eerä - faith, belief), based on their assimilation of several Finno-Ugric tribe (including the Karels) and based on their intense trade within the Hansa.
 

2 - Nassian, nasŽku enessükü - their language

3 - The State of Nassians (Nassland), Nasëku EesemirŁ (Nasina) - where do they live


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Jan Havliš, John Cowan