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Kyrgyzstan elected to the the Evaluation Body of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
On December 18, 2021, the 16th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage completed its work at the…
Symposium of the ICH NGO Forum under the 2003 UNESCO Convention
On December 12, 2021, the Forum of Non-Governmental Organizations accredited under the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Preservation of ICH began its work. The Forum…
Closing ceremony of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence
Today, December 10, the State Historical Museum hosted the closing ceremony of 16 days of active actions against gender-based violence. The closing concept was developed…
‘Social Media and Religious Engagement of Muslim Youth in Kyrgyzstan’
Dr. Baktygul Tulebaeva, one of the former key employees of  Aigine CRC, now a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology…

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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