Let me share one of the legends in Kyrgyzstan, which broke my heart… It is about one of the beautiful gorges Jeti Oguz and its heart-shaped mount.
Once upon a time, there was a khan famous for his cruelty. He had everything he wished: many beautiful wives in his harem, countless gold in treasure. In a blink of an eye, he had reached the age of seventy-five.
One day when the khan was hunting around his camp, he saw a very beautiful girl. She walked in a graceful way, and she had long plaited hair. Without thinking twice, the khan made up his mind to have her for his own by any means, and he sent his men to seize the girl and deliver her to him.
The girl was from a poor family, and she had been engaged to a young man from her childhood. The young people loved one another so much; they could not imagine being out of each other’s sight. As soon as they learned that the khan’s warriors had been sent after the girl, the young lovers decided to run away up the mountains to hide there. But the envoys, obedient to the khan’s will, killed the young man, put the girl on horseback and started to the khan’s camp.
On the way across the mountains, the girl was overwhelmed with grief and hopelessness. Her heart gave way, and she died.
On that very place appeared a mountain. If you stand at the foot of it, high against the sky you will see the shape of a broken human heart. In the middle of the mountain there is red clay. It seems as if the heart is bleeding…