According to various sources, there are about 500,000 million Abkhazians living outside Abkhazia today. The majority of the Abkhaz Diaspora live in Turkey, as well as in Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Europe, the United States and Canada - only about 60 countries of resettlement.
Abkhazians share with other northern Caucasian peoples the cycle of epic-sagas about the legendary figures known as the Narts. The Narts were giants, ninety-nine brothers (in one version) who lived together with their revered mother, decrepit father, and beloved sister.
Abkhazians are regarded among other people in the Caucasus as pagans. Traditional beliefs remain strong among both Christians and Muslims. Local spirits and gods that protect wild and domesticated animals are explained a manifestations of a single all-powerful god.