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

China, History, Horse Back, Issyl Kul, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nomad Games, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

2018 Nomad Games – Arm Wrestling

In international arm wrestling competitions, athletes fight standing at a special table. Their elbows abut on pillows. The winner is the one who first makes reach the hand (palm) of rival out to the cushion. Competitions are held on both the right and the left hand. Men Up to 75 kg, up to 95 kg… Continue reading 2018 Nomad Games – Arm Wrestling

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

China, History, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Prehistory, Russia

Ancient Kyrgyz

The Ancient Kyrgyz, also known as the Yensei Kyrgyz or the Khyagas (Khakas), were an ancient Turkic people who dwelled along the upper Yenisei River in the southern portion of the Minusinsk Depression  in South Siberia from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE. The heart of their homeland was the forested Tannu-Ola mountain range (known in ancient… Continue reading Ancient Kyrgyz

History, Jalal-Abad, Osh, Tour, Travel

Karakhanids

The Kara-Khanid Khanate  was a Turkic dynasty that ruled in Transoxania in Central Asia, ruled by a dynasty known in literature as the Karakhanids,  a royal titles with Kara Kağan being the most important Turkish title up till the end of the dynasty. By  assimulating Islam in their original Turkic nomadic culture, the Kara-Khanid is left the most enduring cultural heritage among coexisting cultures in… Continue reading Karakhanids