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First field trip to the petroglyph site
From 13 to 15 April 2021, the Aigine CRC team, alongside traditional knowledge bearers and practitioners from Issyk-Kul, Bishkek and Talas, made their first field…
Aigine CRC's participation in the International Symposium on Tugging Games and Rituals
On April 9 and 10, 2021, Aigine CRC, represented by Cholponai U-G, took part in the International Symposium on Tugging Games and Rituals, organized by…
Collaboration between Aigine CRC and the Indonesian Heritage Cities Network
Aigine CRC, represented by Gulnara Aitpaeva, took part online in the 5th pre-congress of the Indonesian Heritage Cities Network, which took place on March 29-30…
The first kick-off meeting within the framework of the project on “Ayans, their Interpretations and Social Power”
The first kick-off meeting within the framework of the project on “Ayans, their Interpretations and Social Power” took place on 24 March at Aigine CRC.…

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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