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Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Round Tents of Central Asia


From www.manas.afnews

From the Caspian Sea to Mongolia, Turkomen, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Kyrgyz, and Mongolians live in tent dwellings – with single-room circular plan, lattice frame of willow wands that expand to form the wall but which retract to a compact shape, and light poles arc to form the roof structure joining a ring at the crown. Once the structure is up, the structure is covered with woollen felt mats.



From Paul Oliver

The Kyrgyz yurta has the entrance facing south. Inside, one is supposed to move in a clockwise direction . The interior is divided into four sections: one enters at the entrance in the southern quadrant; move left though the male domain with saddles, weapons and hunting gear; then through the north quadrant, where the altar sits facing the entrance and where important guests are received. The quadrant comes next is where women and children sleep.


From Paul Oliver

At the centre, directly below the ring crown/smoke hole, is the hearth.

The spatial organization in the yurta is not only functional but has assumed the trappings of a tradition. Nowadays, most Kyrgyz live in apartments, but they still put up the yurta to celebrate the birthdays of their sons or parents , and invite guests to the dastarkhan, or table for feasting. The Yurta is also the place where the Kyrgyzes gather for the funeral of their relatives.


Building the Yurta

Reference and images from:

  • Paul Oliver, “Dwellings”, 2003

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11 comments:

Kyle & Svet Keeton said...

Now you have done it!

I can have a round tent, In a round yard, With a round House, In a round city, In a round country, In a round world! I would never be lost because I would always be around! :)

Sorry that I have not commented as much, I have been reading but just being lazy!

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Mazlin said...

"a round tent, In a round yard, With a round House, In a round city, In a round country, In a round world"

That is something I'm seriously thinking about!

Happy New Year to you and Svet too!

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