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JIAPICH Online Zoom Festival
On 7 October, the Aigine CRC team took part in the International JIAPICH Online Zoom Festival to promote the best practices for preserving the elements…
Reflection around petroglyphs
On September 25, a review presentation of trips to the petroglyphs of the south of Kyrgyzstan- Murdash-Bashy and Tergen-Tash in the Osh region and Saimaluu-Tash…
International Cultural Forum in ancient Khiva
On September 15, the International Cultural Forum “Central Asia at the Crossroads of World Civilizations” began in Khiva, the ancient city of Uzbekistan. Kyrgyzstan is…
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…

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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