The Wolf is the national animal of the Chechen nation. The symbolic and metaphorical associations of the wolf stretch deep into Chechen history with many positive idiomatic uses of wolf.
Turpalo-Noxchuo the mythical founder of the Chechen people was raised by a wolf-mother or she-wolf, which bares striking parallels to Apollo, and also Romulus and Remus.
In “Chechens a Handbook” Amjad Jaimoukha adds an even more intriguing detail:
According to mythology, god had created sheep for the wolf to enjoy, but man tricked it out of its ‘patrimony’, so it had to resort to ruse and robbery to reclaim its right. The cult of the wolf was widespread in olden times, and the observance of its day, Saturday, afforded immunity from lupine raids on one’s ovine stock.
Vainakh peoples held the belief that the tail and tendons of wolves held magical properties. Wolf teeth and bones crafted into amulets, were hung around the necks of children as a protection from disease, malevolent spirits and evil eyes.
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