Nomads


Nomads

The nomadic way of life prescribe many traditions preserved and followed by people even nowadays.

Nomads have many stimulating legends, myths, songs, stories and customs that are connected with Kambar-ata who is the spiritual lord of horses. One of them is a tradition named "Atka mingizuu" literally meaning "to put on a horse". A father teaches his son at the age of 3-4 years on a horse and bounces him the rein for the first time. After this the most respectful elder man of the clan takes reins and creates to lead the horse with the child along ail the village. In the honor of consuming this ritual parents establish a merry party. Aksakals (elder people) give their blessing s. Back in a days it was one of the most noteworthy traditions in Kyrgyzstan. 

 

The next most significant Muslim rituals is "balany oturguzuu" or rite of circumcision.
It is a big festivity for Kyrgyz families. When a boy is 3-5 year old he must go through this rite. All relatives and friends are invited to this ceremony. Uncommonly the celebration with a lot of food lasts for a few days; guests play nationwide games such as ulak tartysh (goat goal), at chabysh (horse races), er oodarysh (wrestling on a back of a horse), etc. Invited guests usually bring presents for the boy. The most esteemed gift is a horse it may cost around 1,5 thousand USD. Even today it is one of the incomes of transport in rural areas.

People from Kyrgyzstan think that the destiny of a child in many circumstances may depend on his name. That is why parents try to choose for their child such a name with a beautiful meaning. This tradition was adopted from Islam religion. The beginning of ritual is accompanied by azan, a ritual Muslim pleading.  A man turns to the west and speaks out three times "Allah Akbar!" and then the name of a baby. This ritualistic is done to inform people about new person who came into our world. The carnival is very cheerful. The guests sincerely acknowledge parents and wish that the name will bring the child only happiness and luck.

 

Birth of a child for Kyrgyz, like for any other nationalities  is real contentment and the greatest celebration. After giving name to a child there comes another tradition named "beshik toi" or cradle celebration. Parents cook a lot of food. During the celebration people sing songs, play games and have a lot of fun. According to the tradition parents from the mother's side should make a baby cradle. A cradle is smoked with juniper to chase away bad spirits. The grandmas put small sheep prominence bones on the bottom of the cradle. They say praying and give blessings while doing that. Then they cover the cradle with attractive blankets and covers. Then the cradle is given to the mother of a child. She goes with it and bows to all guests stating her appreciation.

From ancient times the Kyrgyz people respected wishes and blessings given by elder people. Blessing usually encourage people and give them more hope and energy. Usually the infants and adolescents are given blesses by appreciated elderly. Blessings are given for a good beginning of new business.