San-Tash Burial Mound

The name “San Tash” is translated as “counted stones”. Many of the traditions are combined with modern religions and modern life. For example, in Kyrgyzstan, there are more than 3,000 Mazars – sacred places. More than 1500 of them are located in the Issyk-Kul region. Each of them has its peculiarity, some help from diseases, others give peace, others open the secrets of the universe. Our ancestors closely followed the heavenly bodies, worshipping the sky, the sun, watching the constellations and cycles of the moon. During the nomadic period, everything that was used in the economy had several practical applications. All had their value.

The grandiose monument of stones is a symbol of the mound complex, located near the San Tash pass. The center, which is a large mound with a stone embankment, is known under the same name – “San Tash”. Around him are grouped the other mounds with earthen and stone-earthen and stone embankments. This pass is associated with the name of the great commander and conqueror Tamerlane. There is a version that goes to the next campaign, the commander ordered each of the soldiers to take the stone, and then throw it here in a common pile. Returning Tamerlane ordered each of the soldiers to take the stone from the pile. Seeing how many soldiers died, he was amazed and ordered to leave untouched hills of stones as a monument to the fallen soldiers and as a reminder of the hardships and stages of wars. The name “San Tash” is translated as “counted stones”.

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