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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What did you say SLAV or SLAVIC means?

People continue to ask us why we use the term SLAV in our business name, TEXAS SLAV & GERMAN WAREHOUSE.  Well, the reason is that our main market focuses on the Czech, Polish and German immigrants in Texas.  It was a mouthful to say all 3 nationalities in our name so we used the term SLAV to encompass the Czechs and Poles collectively.  Your official definition of SLAV is below.

Slavs (slävz, slăvz), the largest ethnic and linguistic group of peoples in Europe belonging to the Indo-European linguistic family. It is estimated that the Slavs number over 300 million in the world. They are usually classified in three main divisions. The West Slavs include the Poles, the Czechs, the Slovaks, and the Wends Wends or Sorbs, Slavic people (numbering about 60,000) of Brandenburg and Saxony, E Germany, in Lusatia. They speak Lusatian (also known as Sorbic or Wendish), a West Slavic language with two main dialects: Upper Lusatian, nearer to Czech, andthe Wends (also known as Lusatians) and other small groups in E Germany. The South Slavs include the Serbs, the Croats, the Slovenes, the Macedonians, the Montenegrins, the Bosniaks, and the Bulgars. The East Slavs, the largest group, include the Great Russians, Ukrainians, and Belorussians (or White Russians).

Religiously and culturally, the Slavs fall into two main groups—those traditionally associated with the Orthodox Eastern Church (the Great Russians, most of the Ukrainians, some of the Belorussians, the Bulgarians, the Serbs, and the Macedonians) and those historically affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church (the West Slavs, most of the Belorussians, some of the Ukrainians, and the Croats and Slovenes). The cleavage into Eastern Church and Western Church is symbolized by the use of the Cyrillic alphabet by the first group and of the Roman alphabet by the latter.

I hope you found this helpful!

Denise Barker Gouge, Texas girl of Polish and German descent.

1 comment:

  1. Germans are not slavs:

    No German or East German are Slav...

    East Slavs: Russians, Ukrainians, and Belorussians

    West Slavs: Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Lusatians (Sorbs)

    South Slavs: Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Macedonians, and Bulgars