Guba is located on the north-eastern flanks of hills of the Shahdag mountain belonging to the Greater Caucasus mountains at the altitude of 600 m above sea level on the bank of Gudial river at the distance of 168 km from Baku.There is a mountainous Griz village at the territory of this district which located at the altitude of 2170 meters above sea level.

The population of the village is a separate ethnographic group with its only language which no one else in the world speaks. It is a small ethnic group living in the northern zone of Azerbaijan, in the villages of Guba and Khachmaz regions. They speak in gryz language belonging to Nakh-Dagestan language family, Lezgin language group. There are only 35 home in the Griz village. There is a large ancient cemetery in Griz, which proves that the village’s history is very old. Not far from Griz is located one more distinctive mountainous village Khinalig.

There are many ancient graves in the every part of the Griz.
There are many ancient graves in the every part of Griz.
Old ornaments on the remnants of Abu Muslim mosque(VIII century).
Old ornament on the remnants of Abu Muslim mosque(XVIII century).

Livestock is the nearly only work for the villagers.
Livestock is the nearly only work for the villagers.


Movlan want to leave the village because of difficulties.
Movlan wants to leave the village because of difficulties.
Xaleddin, father of Movlan.  "I understand Movlan and support him. Many things changed in the village in several years. I don't see future for young people and children in Griz"
Xaleddin, father of Movlan.
“I understand my son and support him. Many things changed in the village in these years. I don’t see future for young people and children in Griz”
Movlan has four children(three boy and a girl).  "It is very difficult to live in this village. I want give good education to my children but this is not possible in Griz".
Movlan has four children(three boy and a girl).

“It is very difficult to live in this village. I want to give good education to my children but this is not possible in Griz. I don’t want my children to be like me in the future.”.
"We need more jobs in Griz but we have only farm life"
“We need more jobs in Griz but we have only farm life”

Haji Mammadali is the Imam of Griz.
Haji Mammadali is the Imam of Griz.
Haji Rahman is one of the elder person in Griz.



Novruz purification ritual of jumping over the fire.
Novruz purification ritual of jumping over the fire.

Villagers dancing lezginka during the Novruz ceremony.
Villagers dancing lezginka during the Novruz ceremony.


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