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Culture of Kyrgyzstan

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Sports in Kyrgyzstan. Rugby union in Kyrgyzstan. Rugby union in Kyrgyzstan is a minor but growing sport.

Rugby union in Kyrgyzstan

History[edit] Soviet Period[edit] In 1949, rugby union was forbidden in the USSR during the "fight against the cosmopolitanism". The competitions were resumed in 1957, and the Soviet Championship in 1966. In 1975 the Soviet national team played their first match.[1] Kyrgyzstan had its own rugby team in the USSR, but it was not treated as a proper national side. Post-independence[edit] Kyrgyz rugby, like that of Uzbekistan is mainly confined to the military and universities, although there is a schools programme underway.[2] Kazakhstan has been a major impetus for rugby growth in the region (Almaty had a team in the Soviet league, and they also have a formidable women's team), and has been a major factor in keeping the game going in its neighbouring countries.

Currently they take part in the Central Asian region of the Asian Five Nations. See also[edit] Kyrgyzstan national rugby union team References[edit] External links[edit] Equestrianism in Kyrgyzstan. Culture of Kyrgyzstan. The culture of Kyrgyzstan has a wide mix of ethnic groups and cultures, with the Kyrgyz being the majority group.

Culture of Kyrgyzstan

It is generally considered that there are 40 Kyrgyz clans, symbolized by the 40-rayed yellow sun in the center of the flag. The lines inside the sun are said to represent a yurt. The dominant religion of Kyrgyzstan is Sunni Islam (91%). The Russian population is Russian Orthodox. Languages[edit] Kyrgyzstan is the only former Soviet Central Asian republic to start out with two official languages, in this case Russian and Kyrgyz. Kyrgyzstan has a high literacy rate (99%), and a strong tradition of educating all citizens. Demographics[edit] In 1992, the population of Kyrgyzstan was estimated as being 52% ethnic Kyrgyz, 22% Russian, 14.5% Uzbek, 1.9% Tatar, 0.5% Ukrainian, a population of Chinese Muslims known as the Dungan (1%), and a small community of Germans. Literary works[edit] Kyrgyz cuisine. Preparation for cooking lamb's head Kyrgyz cuisine refers to the cuisine of the Kyrgyz, who comprise a majority of the population of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz cuisine

The cuisine is similar in many respects to that of their neighbors, particularly Kazakh cuisine. Traditional Kyrgyz food revolves around mutton, beef and horse meat, as well as various dairy products. The preparation techniques and major ingredients have been strongly influenced by the nation's historically nomadic way of life. Thus, many cooking techniques are conducive to the long-term preservation of food. Kyrgyzstan is home to many different nationalities and their various cuisines. Meat dishes[edit] Meat in various forms has always been an essential part of Kyrgyz cuisine. Epic of Manas. Manas monument in Bishkek.

Epic of Manas

The Epic of Manas (Kyrgyz: Манас дастаны, Turkish: Manas Destanı) is a traditional epic poem of the Kyrgyz people. Komuz. A Kyrgyz komuz The komuz or qomuz (Kyrgyz: комуз IPA: [qoˈmuz]), Azeri Gopuz, Turkish Kopuz, is an ancient fretless string instrument used in Central Asian music, related to certain other Turkic string instruments and the lute.[1] It is the best-known national instrument and one of the better-known Kyrgyz national symbols.


The komuz is generally made from a single piece of wood (usually apricot or juniper) and has three strings traditionally made out of gut, and often from fishing line in modern times. Tush kyiz. Tush kyiz (Kazakh: тұс киіз, тұс — side, the edge, киіз — felt, Kyrgyz: туш кийиз [tuʃ kijíz]) are large, elaborately embroidered wall hangings, traditionally made in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan by elder women to commemorate the marriage of a son or daughter.

Tush kyiz

Colors and designs are chosen to symbolize Kyrgyz traditions and rural life. Flowers, plants, animals, stylized horns, national designs and emblems of Kyrgyz life are often found in these ornate and colorful embroideries. Designs are sometimes dated and signed by the artist upon completion of the work, which may take years to finish. Falconry. In early English falconry literature, the word "falcon" referred to a female falcon only, while the word "hawk" or "hawke" referred to a female hawk.


A male hawk or falcon was referred to as a "tiercel" (sometimes spelled "tercel") as it was roughly one third less than the female in size.[1][2] Many contemporary practitioners still use these words in their original meaning. The practice of hunting with a conditioned falconry bird is also called "hawking" or "gamehawking". History[edit] Evidence suggests that the art of falconry may have begun in Mesopotamia, with the earliest accounts dating to approximately 2000 BC. There are also some raptor representations in the northern Altai, western Mongolia.[3] The falcon was a symbolic bird of ancient Mongol tribes.

Historically, falconry was a popular sport and status symbol among the nobles of medieval Europe, the Middle East, and Mongolian Empire. Traditions of Kyrgyzstan. Public holidays in Kyrgyzstan.