The History

Kabardian society of the first type, and swept a complex hierarchical structure. Society was divided by the noble (Warco) and base (pshitli, pshekeu). The first class was represented by several layers, each of which depended on the following item. At the head stood a landowner – the prince. "The title landowner was sacred to trot. To protect the prince of the horse had to sacrifice not only property but also his life.

"Below is a layer tlokotlesh and – large landowners who are entitled to live in another village not a prince. In addition, the "power landowner not only extended to bars and tlekotlesh . That is, the landowner, despite its special position among the elite was the first among equals. The princes were not accountable to the landowner, and therefore acted exclusively in their own interest. This determined the history of Kabardian people from sharing Kabarda for large and small as a result of internecine wars in the xiii century to the participation of many Kabardian princes in the campaigns of the Crimean and Iranian shah, for their patronage in the xv – xvii centuries. In addition, the upper class was also presented with two more stages – Beslan-Work (princely warriors) and the Work-shaotlehuso ("subjugated natives Kabardian lands assigned to the lowest position). Next went the princely estate serfs (Beslan-pshitli) and freedmen (azetov). Important is the fact that any person of lower class could climb the stairs to the stage tlokotlesha, "If he drew the attention of courage in war and wise speeches and tips on popular assemblies." In addition, outside of this hierarchy is the class of elders (Touby), which, however, unlike other nations, have Kabardins did not play a significant role.