Karakalpak Yurt Customs

Customs and Beliefs Concerning the Yurt

Yurt Anatomy Yurtmaking Tent Bands The Yurt Door Inside the Yurt Qarsh•ns Esikqas Kergis Other Bags Yurt Erection Yurt Customs Yurt History In the past the process of erecting the yurt was accompanied by a whole series of customs, rites, and superstitions. Today these rituals are almost forgotten. However interviews with elderly Karakalpaks over past decades Home Page has permitted ethnographers to retrieve some elements of these ancient rites, some of which date back to pre-Islamic times. For example, during the New Book installation of a new yurt or otaw Karakalpaks organized a festival with entertainment and killed a sacrificial bull or cow at the threshold of the yurt. Lectures & Articles After assembling the yurt framework, shawls containing money from the women were suspended from the shan'araq. Childless women living in the neighbourhood believed it would improve their fertility by offering a The Karakalpaks dasturqan, a tablecloth with bread and small pieces of cloth, to the master of the yurt. Costume The yurt owners smeared the uw•qs with butter, and hung pepper, onion,
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Idealistic illustration of a Karakalpak yurt. Image courtesy of the Khorezm Archaeological-Ethnographical Expedition.

the threshold. Please note that the dotless letter 'i' (•) is pronounced 'uh'. Many rites and beliefs were connected with the threshold. and ad•raspan on the kerege. which uses the correct transliteration. However if a man stumbled on entering a yurt this was considered to be a good omen. rather than the Russian transliteration.karakalpak. or even worse sit down on. Another old tradition involved burying the placenta of a child under the threshold.qaraqalpaq. Qaraqalpaq. When a bride entered the house of her husband for the first time she had to touch the threshold with her forehead. For example if the life of a person was not to be shortened they should not tread on. G dasturqan kerege otaw shan'araq uw•q G G G G Visit our sister site www.Karakalpak Yurt Customs Yurts History Karakalpakstan Tour Guide salt. Glossary External Links About Us Contact Us Pronunciation of Karakalpak Terms To listen to a Karakalpak pronounce any of the following words just click on the one you wish to hear. then stand and bow to the threshold before stepping over it right foot first.com. Beating ones hands on the threshold would cause great harm. They believed that through these rituals everyone in the yurt would live well and remain protected from the evil eye.com/yurtcustoms. Return to top of page http://www.html (2 of 3)01/03/2014 14:06:12 . Karakalpak.

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