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Aigine CRC's membership and activity within the ICH NGO Forum's Working Groups
Aigine CRC was accredited by UNESCO in 2016 to provide advisory services to the Intergovernmental Committee in the framework of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for…
Petroglyphs of Sary Zhaz
On August 9-10, the Aigine CRC team carried out field research with the aim of documenting petroglyphs in two gorges of Sary Zhaz valley: Kul…
Petroglyphs of Murdash Tash, Tergen Tash, Saimaluu Tash.
From 16 to 21 July 2021 Aigine CRC’s team, together with local experts, conducted a study of Murdash Tash and Tergen Tash petroglyphs, Osh oblast,…
Presentation of the book “People who love their land, the land that feeds people: methods of protecting the environment of the residents of Koduk village”
On June 17, 2021, in Konduk village, the presentation of the book “Zherin suigun el, eldi bakkan zher: Konduk elin zharatylyshty saktoo ykmalary” (People who…

Sacred Geography of Kyrgyzstan


The Sacred Geography of Kyrgyzstan is a representation of both natural and cultural phenomena. This is a network of sacred sites – springs, caves, mountains, mausoleums, lakes, tombs and trees – that people visit as pilgrims. An essential part of any pilgrimage practice is performance of rituals and ceremonies, which turns territories covered by sacred sites into a ritualized land.

Our mission


Aigine Cultural Research Center (CRC) (which means “lucid”, “definite”) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in May 2004 at the initiative of Gulnara Aitpaeva, Doctor of Philology, with the participation of Aida Alymbaeva and Mukaram Toktogulova, Candidate of Philology.


Aigine CRC works in the field of traditional knowledge, education and social science. The center conducts spiritual, educational and scientific activities based on external grants and self-financing. These activities are directed at preserving, developing and integrating traditional wisdom with contemporary life. Aigine CRC aims to incorporate the positive potential of traditional wisdom in decision-making at all levels of public and political life.


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