17 Asking God to Send Rain

Asking God to Send Rain

Posted on May 23, 2012 by team

It had not been raining in a little village Saty of the Almaty region for a month already and so the locals decided to arrange “Tasattyk” – invoke to the Supreme Being for help. It’s a holiday in many regions that have their own traditons related to it.

No rain – no good grass – no fat cattle. This lamb will become a piacular offering for the lives of thousands of other lambs.

Initiator of the sacrifice

Ritual knives

All the villagers keep cattle so they all clubbed together for this lamb.


The main point is bleeding

It must be squeezed out till the last drop.

“River! Take the blood, bring us rain!”

Then goes routine – dressing the lamb

Tribute to the earth

Entrails make soup sweeter

Children like to help

Head is the symbol of entertainment, so it must be smoked with special care.

The liver must lie in the air for some time for the better taste.

Old people, women and children are the first to sit at the table.

The youngest of them is 72, they walked 5 km to look at the people for the last time, as they say.

This one, being 15, pastured horses in the mountains in the war time.

Nice chorba!


About 40 minutes after the sacrifice it became raining! It stopped soon but it would be raining all the night and the next day!

Happy as children

Meat is ready!

Noodles served with the meat

Putting the meat on plates is another ritual!

It should be done according to age hierarchy

And life goes on..

Location: Saty, Kazakhstan

via voxpopuli


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17 Responses to “Asking God to Send Rain”

  1. (r)evolutionist says:

    Appalling ignorance. These tribalistic mossbacks are partying like it was 1399. They took a modern, quality Soviet experience/education, threw it away and decided “independence” and the Stone Age was better.
    “And life goes on..” And the nightmare goes on..

  2. Jason says:

    “River! Take the blood, bring us rain!”.

    pretty cheap excuse to eat some meat…

  3. Meh. says:

    It’s an excuse for a social gathering.

  4. Tommo says:

    Well it worked didn’t it? In Soviet times blaa blaa blaa

  5. yojimbo says:

    At least a tribe is like an extended family and everyone helps each other more “primitive” tribes have/had warriors that will die to protect it they shared the land the land belonged to that one tribe as a group not a person so they actually have a pretty good society.

  6. cro says:

    Their rain calling skils are remarkable, but their culinary skills are poor. Boiling meat and some pasta? And thats a festivity lunch? What do they eat on ordinary day? Raw meat? Grass? Mud?
    Theese lambs deserve better treatment…

    • Tovarich Volk says:

      Perhaps you’d rather they eat Tofu and Brown Rice then to circumvent cruelty to defenseless animals???

      • Hirsh says:

        I’d rather they properly cook a delicious meal after they slaughter the lamb, you know, rather then this gruel they apparently make with it. A bunch of meat and guts + pasta boiled in a hole in the ground is a poor excuse for a meal, let alone a festive one. They could do better.

    • burak says:

      you are missing the point…maybe they choose to live a simple life….at least they are happier then you and me…

    • ho fo sho says:

      Maybe they had a bottle of ketchup available on the picnic blanket to add flavor?

      Notice how it’s almost all very oldsters with a few young children?

  7. WackyRuss says:

    These people are Kazakhs. They are not doing anything that doesn’t happen to meat in a processing plant. The way they do it is actually better and more organic. I cannot believe the ignorant posts on this thread. I’ve been to Kazakhstan and they were very nice folks. They were some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever encountered.

    • Hirsh says:

      “They are not doing anything that doesn’t happen to meat in a processing plant.” BULL – no legitimate meat processing plant would get away with slaughtering and preparing animals like these people. Not in any county i would buy meat in.

  8. Anastasis says:

    What are you eating hypocrites in your home?
    P.S.υπο+κριτής=υποκριτής,means hypocrite
    (under of justice).

  9. yojimbo says:

    Different people are different what is an appealing meal to you may not be to someone from another culture and those are noodles not pasta.

  10. lax says:

    No rain, eh? Come to Serbia, it keeps raining for over two weeks now.

  11. sandeep_halder says:

    i think it’s their culture and the life they have chosen for themselves. so be it. why to disturb their existence with our own morality.

  12. Synth says:

    They look happy!

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