29 November 2018
Traditional spring festive rites of the Kazakh horse breeders inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 13th session of the Committee Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural HeritageTraditional spring festive rites of the Kazakh horse breeders mark the end of the old and the beginning of the new yearly horse-breeding cycle. Preceded by year-long celebrations, the rites have three main constituents: ‘Biye baylau’, the ancient ‘first milking’ rite; ‘Ayghyr kosu’, a rite for adjoining stallions in herds; and ‘Kymyz muryndyk’, the ‘first sharing of koumis,’ a drink of fermented mare’s milk. Faced with the transition from nomadic to sedantry life in the 20th century, bearers have adapted traditional horse breeding to present-day conditions.
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