Society, family and economy

This section includes knowledge that helps regulate social processes. The materials are about the traditional system of government and people’s law. The information reflects the system of kinship and family, including sanjyra geneaologies and traditions of upbringing children. It includes traditional measures of time, length, weight, and folk cartography, and some of these terms are still being used by people nowadays. For example, the word chakyrym refered to the distance that the sound of a person’s voice could reach, which was determined to be roughly 1.07km. Today this word means kilometre in Kyrgyz. The construction of the mode of life and the skills of preparation of its objects form another important section of this section. The yurt is not only the traditional form of housing of nomad people, but also reflects the traditional map of the world, where each element has its own meaning. National games, as a unique institute of training and embodiment of traditional knowledge about the formation of the world, is also introduced in the third section.

This page is under the construction: materials are in the process of translation into English and will be posted right after their editing. We continue the process of gathering field material for this block as well. The information on updates will be posted on the News menu of the web-site.