Nomad Music

 

Despite the harsh conditions of life on the mountains and valleys, Kyrgyz nomads did not forget about entertainment, the development of arts together with their culture and traditions. One aspect of their unique arts that I will talk about today is music and one of their unique instrument – Komuz.

Komuz can remind you of Turkish lute or saz, with its long wooden shape and the strings along. Despite its pretty simple look, what the professional players of that instrument can make will definitely leave you in awes. Below is the video, in which one of Kyrgyz guys is playing komuz brilliantly. Watch and enjoy the performance!

Woven Fashion!

I ask your forgiveness for not warning you about not to hurry to think that Kyrgyz weaving is old and all about woven carpets. In fact, it is one of those cultures, that is being rebirthed by awesome patriots of the country – the talented designers.

Nowadays in any markets and shops, you can see their products, which actually stand out with their uniqueness, brightness and especially quality. What surprises even more is the variety of woven items! There is almost nothing you will not find there! Clothes, accessories, shoes and even toys! Take a look and enjoy!

 

Kyrgyz Weaving


Weaving is an important part of a nomad’s culture. It used to be one of the only ways of creating home necessities and for some ladies, it was a nice hobby.

They also used this art in order to define the most clever, creative and best nominee for the future wife of their sons. The prettier, the more accurate their weaving is, the more “clients” do they have.

Even nowadays, you can still find the Kyrgyz ladies, who kept this tradition dearly and cannot be deprived of it despite the huge variety of choice out there in the market. For them, none of those modern decors can replace their dear and handmade carpets!

Wisdoms of Silkway

Kyrgyz nation is rich enough with people of great character and noble qualities. One of them, Kurmanjan Datka is familiar to you already. Today’s hero is a unique man with unusual knowledge and character – Tolubay Synchy.

The word “synchy” actually is translated as “critic”, so it is kind of a nickname, which is given to the man called Tolubay. He critisized the politics of the khan himself, because of which he would face not so little problems. However, everyone else knew that he  was straightforward only for the sake of his nation’s good.

Tolubay’s legendary ability was that he could choose the best horse among the rest, even if no one else could not believe in its potentials. This means that he was so good at knowledge og horses, that his keen eyes were strong enough to turn the cult into stallion!

Queen of Nomads

Have you ever heard of Pakakhontas? Exactly, she is that very beautiful princess of Indians, about whom they have taken so many movies, cartoons and written amazing books. We are not sure if she existed for real, but the hero, I will introduce you guys, lived and not that long ago…

Kurmanjan Datka was that amazing woman, who was the wife of the leader of Kyrgyz nomads. She was the biggest advisor of her husband, wise mother of his children and the one, who replaced him after the death of her husband.

Kurmanjan Datka went through a lot, which would be hard to accept to many others. For instance, she was brave enough to sacrifice her own son, in order not to lose the independence of her nation from the enemies…

CBT in Africa

Now THIS is amazing! Here is the group of people, who made a pretty brave decision of traveling all the way to Africa. They did a great job on taking a tour to the unique society of Africa.

It is obvious how successful it turned out. They truly enjoyed their experience far across the land, trying their traditional food and cheerful games. It is amazing looking at the smiles of those people, despite the absence of luxury we do have…


 

CBT and nomads


Nomads seem to be really far from the community in many places. It seems as if they live far away on the mountains and valleys, without having any connection with the country’s political and social life.

How wrong those opinions are in fact… The people who have such thoughts may not understand that they actually the ones who keep the traditions of certain nation purely and become the reason of its continuence to the next generations.

The place nomads take in tourism is also the beautiful example of their role in social and even international life of the country. For example, in Kyrgyzstan, horseback riding, camping or falconry tours can be organized only with the help of nomads, because they are the only ones who are masters in above said activities.

Nomadic Cuisine #2

I wonder if you remember the video I shared with you a while ago. It was about the nomadic cuisine. If you liked it, then the video that I am going to share today will make even more impression than the previous one.

It introduces you more into the traditions of meeting guests in nomadic, particularly in Kyrgyz nation. Make sure you are not that hungry before you watch this, because it may tickle your appettite really bad!!!

Traveling in Nomads Land

The places that seem to be impossible to reach are already discovered by people in our times. For instance, the mountains and glaciers of Kyrgyzstan are now usually visited by tourists and local friends.

Here in this video, you can see how they are now enjoying the trips on untouched nature in the country. The glacier here is called Inylchek and you just have to SEE it in order to FEEL the joy and beauty of traveling in the lands of nomads.

 

Weddings Now

The ancient weddings described last time and the ones which are taking place nowadays have a huge difference between, starting from the rituals, clothes and other details. In one word, they do not really differ from the western weddings that much. Here is why:

It is very fashionable now in Kyrgyzstan to spend weddings in nice restaurants, just like in Europe. The way the groom comes in Limo and takes her to the restaurant also sounds pretty alike western culture.

Another simple but not less important similarity is the way the bride and groom are dressed: bride in white gown and groom in tuxedo.

However, there are some differences as well, such as the payment from groom to the girl or her family, which is decided by them. In return, the bride’s family also give the best they can, such as home furniture or technology, including kitchen furniture, washing machine, etc.