Holy places of Kyrgyzstan
A sacred place is considered to be a natural (mountain, lake, river,
tree etc) or cultural object, an object made by human hands, which is worshiped
by people as it has special properties (usually healing), a special energy.
People also honour places that are associated with memorable events of
a legendary or historical past.
In ancient times, Kyrgyz people revered natural components such as earth,
water, fire and other as holy. Kyrgyz people worshiped sacred mountains and
brought sacrifices to the spirits of the mountains.
Before sheep was slaughtered, all men and women would face west and all
that present, recited the baht, the spell.
Once sheep were killed, their blood was released into the river, the
meat was cooked and a meal was arranged.
In general, Turks and the Kyrgyz, would make a pile of so-called oboo,
sacrificial mounds intended for the spirit of the mountain, during their
migrations. These later became known as oboo mazars, a cult of worship for
Along with these man-made shrines like mazars, Kyrgyz people also worship
places such as mausoleums - Kumbez.
A row of Kumbez is associated with legends of holy people. An example
of this is Padysha-Ata mausoleum located in Aksy district of Jalal-Abad region.
Visiting this place is equivalent to the commission of a small Hajj. There
are numerous pilgrims attracted to this mausoleum from countries of Central
Asia and even the Middle East. For centuries, people have been visiting this
place. According to a legend, if you were to pray and then touch the stone,
which lies at the head of the saint, your wish will certainly come true.
Sacred sites in Kyrgyzstan can be found here