Institute of Linguistics of RAS
The word igä in the belief of Turkic ethnicities
47th Meeting of the PIAC, Cambridge 2004
In the article the word igä, spirit-master, is analyzed which was an important compound part of the traditional world outlook of ancient Turkic ethnicities. The word igä as preserved in Turkic languages and kept alive by native speakers till our days conveys ancient belief systems: tengrianism and shamanism. Various versions of the etymology of this word are considered.