The recent fierce rivalry between Russia and neighboring Ukraine over the Chechnya war raises a very good question: what geographical feature divides European Russia from Asian Russia? It’s simple enough if we know what features Russian and Asian humans have in common. These features are quite obvious in both areas. The most obvious one is language.
One Of The Biggest Differences Is The Language
There are more than twelve major languages spoken in Europe today. Each of these languages is unique and has its own history, although many of the historical events that shaped them can be divided into earlier events. In European Russia, the most commonly spoken language is Russian, followed by German, English, French, Polish, Livonian (Lithuanian), Sami, Hungarian, Danube (Danish), Serbo-Croatian, Latin Roman, Greek, and medieval Latin. As compared to Asia, however, only Chinese and Japanese are considered primary languages, while each country has several indigenous languages. For example, in European Russia, there are four primary languages, while in Asia only Chinese, Japanese, and Persian are the most commonly spoken languages.
The dialect of each country is also significantly different, although the languages themselves are fairly similar. Russian is a very compact language, with the exception of some inflections, and speakers tend to pronounce words in the round tone. Some other Russian sounds are more rounded, including nasal and alveolar R, and they are less distinct than in European Russia. The most distinguishable sound in Russian is the nasal R, and speakers tend to lengthen and shorten it depending on the circumstances.
The majority of languages spoken in Russia are closely related to the ones spoken in Asia, though there are minor differences. Tajik, Chechen, Ingushchek, and the like, are mutually intelligible even though they differ significantly in vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar. Tajik and Chechens differ mainly in vocabulary and in the tendency to pronounce words together. Ingushchek and Karshi, on the other hand, have completely different grammatical structures and are mutually intelligible only in their correspondence to each other.
Russia Has A Wider Ethnic Diversity
In addition to the typical features of Caucasian and Asiatic languages, Russia presents a wide range of cultural and ethnic diversity, which can be seen not only in its written language but also its visual culture. Different people in Russia have different cultural roots, and there are traces of such ancestry in its architecture and folk art. The diverse cultural heritage is also seen in the food people consume, as the peoples of Russia to produce their own highly varied cuisine. However, the most significant feature of Russian food is its exceptional combination of highly seasoned meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, and breads.
While the foods themselves differ by region, the varieties of meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, and breads generally found in their cuisine are common across all parts of Russia. These foods are characterized by their diversity in preparation and ingredients. They are not similar to the dishes of European countries that have their own individual style of cooking. The main components of Russian dishes include beef, pork, mutton, poultry, trout, salmon, kraut, and cheese. A number of Central Asian cultures that have recently colonized Russia have adopted the same cooking traditions that have been present in the country for centuries.
The Religious Beliefs And Practices Differ
The main cultural differences between what is eastern European and what is Asiatic are religious beliefs and practices. The majority of people in Asia are Buddhists, though there are Hindu, Muslim, and Christian minorities as well. Christians make up the majority of converts to Buddhism in China, while there are very few Buddhists in Russia. Russia’s Muslim population adheres more to the Ahmadi-ul-Daullah faith, which preaches a Islam-centered life as opposed to Sufi Islam, which is a religion founded by Hazrat Imam Husain al-Baraqeen.
What demographic feature identifies Europe as an Asian continent and what group of people call Europe an Asian continent is the question that has baffled historians for centuries. Eastern European and Asiatic cuisines continue to evolve into cross-cultural experiences for the people who cook them. The continued assimilation of peoples across Europe and Asia has produced a unique hybrid cultural experience in Europe and Asia that continues to influence politics, economy, and culture in these regions for years to come.