The Kyrgyz Yurt: Living the Nomad Life

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In this post, we’ll introduce you to the long history of Kyrgyz Yurts.

Yurts have been a very significant part of Central Asian identity. The portable tents used by the nomadic Turkic people, including the Kyrgyz, made it easier for them to move from one place to another. The word yurt comes from the Mongol word “Urdu” which means a camp or palace. Also in Turkish, it means “home” or “homeland”. 

Old Women In Front Of Kyrgyz Yurt
Old Women In Front A Kyrgyz Yurt

The traditional yurts are made of wool collected from domesticated sheep, goats or yaks. Although it might take a month to construct a yurt, nomads can use these yurts for decades and transport them to their new locations easily.

Also, the circular shape of a Kyrgyz yurt helps reduce the wind and protects nomads in extremely cold weather.

Apart from its functionality, a yurt in nomadic cultures has a deep symbolic meaning. 

A Kyrgyz yurt is not just the home of nomads, but it is a symbol of family, tradition, unity and earth.

Kyrgyz Yurts and Tunduk

Tunduk is an essential part of the Kyrgyz yurt. It is the crowning circle at the very top of the yurt that has a significant meaning. 

“Tundukchi” is the name of the master who makes a tunduk. A tundukchi creates a tunduk that can be used by nomadic people for a lifetime. Tunduk functions as a window to the sky that creates light and ventilation. It is also the emblem of Turkic people and symbolises their unity and connection. 

Kyrgyz Yurt At The Mountains