The Jassic people or Jasz are an ethnic group of Hungarians who mostly live in the Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok county of the Republic of Hungary. They are of Ossetic (Sarmatian, Iranian) origin and originally spoke the Jassic dialect of the Ossetic language. Today, they speak Hungarian and consider themselves to be Hungarians, but a sense of the "Jassic ethnic identity" is also preserved among them. The Jassic people live in the region known as "Jaszsag" (roughly translatable as Jasz-land), which comprise the north-western part of the Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok county. Their cultural and political center is the town of Jaszbereny. It is a common mistake to call Jaszsag by the name "Jazygia", which derives from the name of another Iranian people _ the Iazyges, who lived in the same territory between the Danube and Tisza rivers in ancient times. The Jassic (Jasz) people were a nomadic Sarmatian (Iranian) tribe which settled in the medieval Kingdom of Hungary during the 13th century.
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