Andijan, Fergana Valley, History, Kyrgyzstan, Osh, Religion, Samarkind, Silk Road, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Mughal Empire

The Mughal Empire was an empire in the Indian subcontinent, founded in 1526. The founder of empire, Babur, was born in Osh. It was established and ruled by a Muslim dynasty with Turco-Mongol Chagatai roots from Central Asia, claiming direct descent from both Genghis Khan (through his son Chagatai Khan) and Tamerlane, but with significant  Indian  Rajput  and  Persian  ancestry through marriage alliances;  only the first two Mughal emperors were fully Central Asian.  

Bukhara, Chuy, Fergana Valley, History, Jalal-Abad, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Merv, Osh, Religion, Samarkind, Silk Road, Talas, Talgar, Taraz, Turkmenistan, Uncategorized, Uzbekistan

Sasanian Empire (224 CE – 651 CE)

The Sasanian Empire was the last kingdom of the Persian Empire before the rise of Islam and included parts of Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan,  Tajikistan and Transoxiana. The Sasanian Empire during Late Antiquity is considered to have been one of Iran's most important and influential historical period

Bukhara, China, Chuy, History, Kashgar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Religion, Samarkind, Silk Road, Tian Shan Mountains

Protectorate General to Pacify the West

The Protectorate General to Pacify the West, or Anxi Protectorate (640 CE–790 CE) was a protectorate established by the Tang Dynasty in 640 to control the Tarim Basin.  The head office was first established at the prefecture of Xi, now known as Turpan, but was later shifted to Qiuci (Kucha) The Four Garrisons of Anxi in Kucha, Khotan, Kashgar, and Karashahr were installed between 648 and 658 as garrisons under the western protectorate. In 659 Sogh (Chuy Region), Ferghana, Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Balkh, Herat, Kashmir, the Pamirs, Tokharistan, and Kabul all submitted to the protectorate under Emperor Gaozong of Tang.

Excursion, History, Issyl Kul, Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan, Osh, Prehistory, Silk Road, Tour, Travel

Petroglyphs in Kyrgyzstan

Even if you slept through history class,   there is something mysterious and timeless about petroglyphs – puzzling over the messages, events, and culture communicated to us from ancient peoples and civilizations. While much has been lost on the Silk Road,  in the harsh passage of time, these drawings have survived endless trials for thousands of years,… Continue reading Petroglyphs in Kyrgyzstan

History, Issyl Kul, Kyrgyzstan, Nomad Games, Silk Road

2018 Nomad Games Opening Ceremonies

The opening ceremonies at the 2018 Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan were spectacular. Spectacular x A show of lights like the Olympics, but down to earth, artistic communicating a message rather than just pure splender. x Dancers Dancers Dancers x Music Kyrgyz Music Drums Komuz . Mouth Harp Manas x Art x x Horses Solo Horses… Continue reading 2018 Nomad Games Opening Ceremonies

History, Jalal-Abad, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Osh, Silk Road, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Sogdians

The Sogdians  were the principal merchants along the Silk Road . Not only did the they transfer goods they also facilitated cross-cultural exchanges, especially with the Chinese and the Turks. The descendants of the Sogdians, known as Yagnobis, live in a remote valley in Tajikistan  and to this day speak a language similar to ancient… Continue reading Sogdians

Excursion, History, Kyrgyzstan, Silk Road, Travel

Djailoo

“Djailoo” in traditional Kyrgyz culture is a fundamental concept, embodying the summer pasture and grazing, where every year during warm period Kyrgyz nomads move their families and yurt homes. “Djailoo” occurs not only out of economic necessity, but also as a life-space and cultural practice that encourages free time and exploration for children. The precarious… Continue reading Djailoo