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Saimaly Tash, Kyrgyzstan

There are many ancient petroglyphs in our celestial Kyrgyzstan.

Petroglyphs - are pictures drawn or entered into stones (from Greek language this word means "petros" - stone and "glyphe" -fretwork). Petroglyphs have different subject - matter: ritual, memorial. These drawings left for us on high rocks and in deep caves and can provide evidence of the way of life and the environment of times when there was no system of writing.

One of the most famous places where you can them is Saimaly Tash.        

Saimaly Tash is translated as Painted Stones. This place is situated not far from Djalal Abad town. The first stone pictures appeared 800 B.C.

In the epoch of neolith people begin to image the primitive scene of tribe: hunting process, battle and shamanism ceremonies. These kinds of petroglyphs approximately dated to VI-IV centuries B.C.

Such pictures were made by ancient people and they show us their way of life. The main kind of petroglyphs was the symbol of the God of Sun. In this way ancient people asked the God of Sun for help and support.

There are images of animals especially ibex, wolves, horses, and less frequently camels, snow leopards and reindeers. Also you can see in Kyrgyzstan hunting and battle scenes, agriculture activities, traditional ritual dances and shamanist symbols.

On the pictures of first petrogliphs animal's tale always touches its head or goat's horns touché its back - it was also the symbol of sun.

Petroglyphs were drawn twice a year: In spring for good hunting and in autumn to help animals to have good generation for the next year.

During your travel in Kyrgyzstan you can also look at petroglyphs in the Ferghana ang Issik-Kul region and at some of them near Burana Tower. Another famous place is situated near Issyk Kul Lake. There are many petroglyphs that are situated on the origin places and there is a nice view on the surface of the lake.

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