The Horned Tradition of Turkmenistan

The Horned Tradition of Turkmenistan

In Nokhur village, Turkmenistan, there is an unusual cemetery where the graves are decorated with horns of mountain goats.

The Horned Tradition of Turkmenistan

This very ancient tradition probably initially meant connection with a progenitor to whom they sent souls of the dead: all peoples believed in afterlife. This progenitor could look in different ways.

 

The Horned Tradition of Turkmenistan

Christians believe horns to be a symbol of devil, but here, quite the opposite, horns are thought to help in the nether world.

The Horned Tradition of Turkmenistan

The Horned Tradition of Turkmenistan

The Horned Tradition of Turkmenistan

Turkmen believe red color to be the color of death, nether world and new life at the same time. Also blue color, symbol of the heaven, can be noticed on the horns.

Thus, for some people, a horned is Satan, for others – a respected ancestor.

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3 thoughts on “The Horned Tradition of Turkmenistan”

  1. Man, better this article would carry the headline: “horn tradition” or “tradition of horns”. “Horny” often implies: “sexually aroused”.

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