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Kazakh legends and mythes

Legend of a “Grove of dancing birch trees”
Published: 17 november 2014

Kazakhstan nature is amazing not only with variety but its pristine creations. You know, almost every sight of this country has its legend. One of these amazing places is a “Grove of dancing birch trees” in the national park Borovoe.  There are many legends of the appearance of this grove. One of them says that once in the ancient times were people who lived at the foot of the mountain Burabai and arranged festival with various competitions, accompanied by songs and dances. Khan wanted to look at this people too, but he could not appear there as a ruler as he knew that if they had seen him, they would have been confused. So he went on holiday with only security guard, dressed in ordinary clothes. When the festival was in its highest, the beautiful girls appeared in the clearing in the wood. Khan was so carried away that he ran and shouted “Long years to your beauty...

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Legend about the origin of the lake Burabay (Borovoe)
Published: 13 december 2012

 God created earth, people, nations and began to pass round mountains, lakes, rivers plains and fertile lands. He handed everything to all, but only the Kazakhs got the endless steppe. Then the steppe inhabitants begged and asked something else from God. How is it possible to live in the boundless steppe and among deserts? And the Creator understood that he inadvertently offended this respectable and nomadic nation. The Сreator looked in the sack where he kept nature sights, and there were just rests of mountains, several beautiful forests, several cool rivers and lakes. But they were the best. God shook out the remains from his sack in the middle of the steppe, and the most beautiful lake in the world – Burabay appeared. It is known as the lake Borovoe – “Kazakh Switzerland”....

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Legend about dombra
Published: 11 december 2012

In ancient times two brothers-giants lived in the Altai highlands. The younger brother had dombra, and he loved very much to play it. He forgot about everything in the world when he began to play dombra. The elder brother was proud and vain. Once he wanted to become famous and decided to build a bridge crossing the rapid and cold river. He began to gather stones and build the bridge. And the younger brother continued to play dombra.So, the days went by. The younger brother did not help the elder one, he just played his favorite instrument. The elder brother became angry; he snatched dombra out of brother's hands and broke it against the rock. The splendid instrument was broken and the music stopped, but on the stone the stamp remained. Many years passed. People found this stamp and began to make new dombras, and the music, which was silent for much time, sounded again.  ...

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Kazakh legend about love of Aisha Bibi
Published: 10 december 2012

In the village Aisha Bibi of Jamby region in 18 kilometers from Taraz town there is a mausoleum of Aisha Bibi.There are no authentic facts about the construction of the mausoleum. However there is the Kazakh legend about love of Aisha Bibi to her bridegroom.Beautiful Aisha was the daughter of the famous rich man – Khakim-Ata. He was known as Zengy baba, follower of Akhmed Yassaui. Karakhan fell in love with 16 years old Aisha at first sight. Wonderful Aisha also fell in love with Karakhan. Aisha’s father refused to give in marriage his daughter to Karakhan, who whether was a khan, but not so famous. The sad man went away home, now it is the lands of modern Taraz. Aisha warned her mother Anuar, but did not get blessing from her father, she left home.“You will ford six rivers, but will not ford the seventh one”, - called father after Aisha. Aisha forded six rivers. ...

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