The Legend of At Bashi

At Bashi is a Kyrgyz legend telling a story about one shepherd, who sold his cattle in Andijan region (nowadays in Uzbekistan) and was one the way returning home. He got tired and settled down for the night in one of the jailoos (traditional summer pasture) to have a rest. He let his horse go free. The next day when he tried to call the horseback, it ran away. He chased the horse and eventually caught it. The man was so angry at the horse that he killed it and cooked the meat. He left the horse’s head behind and continued his way naming the place “At Bashi”, which means ‘horse’s head’. Along the way home, he ate the remaining part of the horse meat. He also named the place where he had his last meal. He called it Naryn- for the name of the soup he prepared with thinly sliced pieces of meat.

On the map, there is quite a distance between Andijan and Naryn. The shepherd went a long way to sell his cattle and then for a long time chased after the horse which runs away.

Today At-Bashi is a rural settlement, as well as the administrative centre of the district with the same name in the Naryn region in Kyrgyzstan. The village of Al-Bashi is located on the northern side of At-Bashi ridge where wild forests and vast valleys follow each other.

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