Spoken Karaim : the Karaim community Karaim CD

The Karaim Street of Trakai
In 1997 the Karaim community in Lithuania celebrated the six-hundredth anniversary of its presence in the Baltic area. This last, relatively intact Karaim community, the smallest of Lithuania's minorities, has lived geographically isolated from the other members of the great Turkic language family, surrounded by speakers of Slavic and Baltic languages. They still speak their own language, retain their belief in the Old Testament and maintain their customs, showing an unrivalled perseverance.

Their home is situated on a picturesque peninsula in Trakai (Polish Troki), a little town in the middle of a marvellous water-landscape of more than ten lakes located about thirty kilometres from the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. This is Lithuania's 'historic national park'.

Map: from Trakai, Panorama & map of environs. ISBN 9986-508-04-5. By kind permission of Briedis
Karaim Street in Trakai, Vilnius, Lithuania The Karaim CD centres on a tour of the interesting sites in the street that runs through the middle of the peninsula where the Karaims have had their home for the last six hundred years. Although the Karaim community has dwindled since 1945 when their religion was forbidden, and many began moving to other places, it is still centred on this very street.


Castle logoThis coat of arms is the symbol that represents the Karaim community. It is used as the logo of the CD.

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