The harmony between human and nature
Every year in the end of May, the life of the Susamyr´s nomads starts in their Yurt, a traditional tent for the kyrgyz people.
The habitation is composed by woods and covered with skin, felt, or handwoven textiles in bright colours. The roof is made of wooden circular frames which forms the kyrgyz flag. On the inside you can find colourful rugs, decorated with geometric or animal patterns on the floor and a table, the only and most important furniture in the Yurt.
But be careful with the cold, don´t forget about your sleeping bag.
The reason for living in a yurt is specially to feed their animals – horses, sheeps and cows- and after summertime, to sell the milk and the wool. In the end of august they leave the yurta- life to go back to their hometowns. The nomads are well known for their hospitality. When visitors come by they feel like its their home.
If you get invited you need to follow some traditional rules:
- You need to leave your shoes outside
- Guests always need to sit on the opposite side of the table
- You need to drink the national drink, Kymys – made of horse milk- to show respect for the culture and the host
- The bread is the first meal which you should eat
- After then it is allowed to eat everything on the table but without speaking
- Only after you finish your meal you can start talking
- Don´t forget to thank god for the food by saying the word „omin“.
The hospitality is always the central point of the kyrgyz culture as you don´t need to pay for anything.
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Written by Mariana Marcondes and Kirsten Eberspach
Photograph by Bruno Lemelin