Into Samarkand

Last time, talking about one of the greatest scholars of Islam, Imam Bukhari, we mentioned the city of Samarkand, where he spent the last years of his life.

However, the city is too great, too rich with historical treasures that just mentioning is not enough at all.  It is worth the greatest attention possible and enthusiasm to exlpore as much as needed. So, what I want to do today is to take you guys on a virtual tour around Samarkand…

Mausoleum of Imam Bukhari

I wonder of you have ever heard of imam Bukhari. He is one of the greatest people in the history of Islam as one of the biggest muhaddith (the one who tells hadith from prophet Muhammad s.a.v.) and an author of the holiest book “Sahih-al-Bukhari” after Holy Qur’an.

The name of “Bukhari” indicates that he was from one of the most beautiful cities of Uzbekistan – Bukhara. However, because of some reasons, the great scholar spend the last days of his life in Samarkand, another huge cultural center of Uzbekistan. His mausoleum is now in Samarkand and visited by hundreds of tourists every day.

Here are some shots from that place:

 

Trip to Bukhara

There is a special reason why I decided to take you to the gorgeous and mesmerizing Bukhara today. It is true that it is one of the most beautiful cities of Central Asia and besides, one of the richest with history and heritage from the past as well. However, these are not the main reasons…

Since our last posts were about weaving, it would be nice to know where else they treasure such art for so long. Bukhara is one of those places, which is really famous for the woven products, especially the carpets. Their carpets stand out with incredibly beautiful and difficult-to-copy patterns and highest quality. Watching this short film that was taken in that city of wonders, you will understand why they are loved and treasured so much.

Modern weaving

We told that Kyrgyz people do not use handmade woven carpet nowadays but we forgot to mention that there are so many other items that even came into modern fashion! Just take a look at the variety of products made by the people’s hands and yet look no worse than some brand accessories!

The most common accessories, that are met in the collections of ethnic  shops are beautiful woven scarves, hats, handbags and even earrings! You will find yourself in the colorful world of beautiful Kyrgyz masterpieces once you enter any of those national boutiques. Keep it in mind when you are looking for a nice present for your dear ones.

Weaving 

You guys are already familiar with the interesting houses of nomads from history – the yurts. It is also known to you that there is a special order for every single item inside the “house” and the decor is also special with bright colors. The most part of those items, such as rugs, dishes were handmade.

For instance, the Kyrgyz women were really good at weaving variety of carpets and rugs for the house. Despite the absence of modern technologies, their works were just stunning!

Nowadays, those beautiful carpets are done only for orders, because of the development of the market and the huge amount of choices there. People, obviously, just prefer getting the ready product for less cost and without spending much time. So, the one who still do weaving really deserves respect!

Back to Issyk Kul

Let me share one of the most interesting stories that touched straight into my heart…

The story is about the beautiful lake of Issyk Kul from our previous posts. The legends say that there existed two young winds and they were best friends. Once they met a beautiful girl and both fell in love.

The girl could not make any decision between those two, so thought of a competition: two winds had to stand far from each other and run as fast as they could towards one another. Whoever turns out to be the strongest, she would choose to him.

Friends agreed and started the competition, but everytime they face each other, they remembered how close they actually are, they just went back. This went on forever! The girl lost hope in ever having the one and only love of her life and cried, cried so hard that her tears made thhis huge lake Issyk Kul…

Tolubay Synchy


In history there lived such amazing individuals, who were famous for the extraordinary talents, senses and wisdom. Kyrgyzstan was also pretty rich with such people and we have already talked about one of them.

Today’s hero is a man, named Tolubay. His name is always followed by the word “syncy”, which means “critic”. He stood up with his own ideas and opinions, even if they are against the kings of that time. He knew no fear of expressing himself, which would cause him pretty much trouble at the society without “democracy”.

Not only he could think wisely for the certain period of time, but also he could make some great predictions, such as telling what kind of a great horse will become of that little horse and which girl is the best option for someone’s good boy!

Queen of Alay

When you learn about the history of Kyrgyzstan, there is one topic, which is just impossible to skip. It is the greatest Kyrgyz woman since history and probably till today, whom they call Kurmanjan Datka…

She is the first leader among women in this nation and her actions, character left even the greater respected men in awe! She is the symbol of love towards the Motherland, bravery and honesty among Kyrgyz nation. She is the real role model of how an ideal wife and mother should be like.

Just recently there appeared a movie devoted to her in Kyrgyzstan and the job director and the cast did was worth praises. I would advice you as well to check it out, enjoy the movie and learn more details about that amazing woman at the same time:

 

History through Community


Today I would like to underline the important role of the community in keeping the history in its pure way, developing the culture and traditions of the country. Their impact on researches and other projects are so big that there is a special term used in the field of tourism – cbt (community based tourism).

What is CBT all about? Here organizations turn to the simple citizens for help inorganizing cultural tours. We all know that only local people are aware of the real traditions, beliefs and history of their own country. This proves that they can hardly find someone else, who could represent the country better than them!

History is also known by interviewing the respected elders, since they have actually been through those times or have heard from their ancestors even more ancient events and dates. This is making CBT more and more important and popular all over the world.

Clay War

There is an interesting province in Kyrgyzstan, called Talas. The place has many links to history, such as the monument of Kyrgyz national  hero – Manas and so on.

Another connection with history is the war with a very unusual name. They call it “The Clay War”. It is because there was such a heavy rain during the battle to the point that they were no longer able to move because of the clay on the ground. You know that those times, in 700 there were no such things as stadiums or special fields to fight.

The war went between Arabs and Turgesh Kaghanate. That was the period when Abbas Khalifate was taking over the world step by step and even this time the victory was on their side.