This mother is very happy with the cow which has been contributed by a donator from Netherland

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Culture

Kyrgyzstan is a multi-ethnic society which consist of about 23 different ethnic societies. The proportions between the groups are quite different as there is a constant stream of emigration and immigration.

Many Kyrgyz people from the surrounding neighbors Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China, often caused by turmoil in their region, decided to return to their motherland. In contrast, many Russians, Ukrainians and Germans returned to their country of origin, thanks to the higher salaries elsewhere.

Clans

To this day Kyrgyzstan still has a very strong clan culture. The legend speaks of a story of two children who survived a war between two clans in the mountains raised by a deer and that their descendants are the ancestors of the various clans.
An important part of a conversation between two Kyrgyz will initially focus on the unraveling of each pedigree so as to to bring out relationships and family ties .

The country's national symbol, The Yurt.

The yurt can be dismantled in a short period of time and be rebuilt, thats why it has been an ideal housing for the ever wandering nomads. The simplicity and perfection of this structure has ensured that over the years hardly anything has changed about it. The layout of a yurt remained the same aswell.
The left side of the yurt is traditionally reserved for men and therefore makes room for a range of materials or hunter's equipment, while on the right side it holds the stove where the women prepare the daily meals. Throughout the Yurt are beautiful blankets and pillows which ensure the necessary heat during the nights.

At first it seems that after the years of Russian dominance the population have made their nomadic background disappear but nothing is further from the truth. If you get to know the people and get to know their behavior you will see that the fundamentals of pre-Soviet era nomadic is still very firmly rooted in their culture.

Food for Thought

You have not lost your smile. It is right under your nose. You just forgot that it is there.”

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