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.

1 comment
  1. J.R. said:

    This blog is awesome!

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