Tengri

The Kazakh steppe in Semirechye

Here’s a picture I’ve lifted from my co-Fulbrighter Rose of the Kazakh steppe. “Tengri” is an old name for the sky god in the animistic / shamanistic religions of Inner Asia that antedate (and to a degree at various times coexisted with) Buddhism, Islam, Manichaeism, Nestorian Christianity and Zoroastrianism. The name has persisted with slight variations in meaning in a number of languages: Тэнгрэ in Mongolian means “sky” and Tengrι is the generic Turkish word for God. In a landscape like this, I understand why people here worshipped the sky.

Advertisements
1 comment
  1. J.R. said:

    This blog is awesome!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: