True and False facts about Kazakh people

Kh.Kugershin

2017-03-22 09:00 GMT+8

Kazakh is one of the ethnic groups inhabiting Western part of Mongolia, the Bayan-Olgii aimag. Kazakh people have different language, culture, religion and even appearance. Approximately 150 thousand Kazakhs are residing in Mongolia today. 

True or false rumors related to Kazakh people are common among the public, making them doubt. Therefore we at GoGo Mongolia aimed to deliver the facts about Kazakh people. 

In addition Nawryz (Nowruz), a traditional holiday of Kazakh people is celebrated on Mar 22 when the length of the day and night are almost equal. Happy Nawryz!

BAYAN-OLGII AIMAG IS AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY

FALSE. People argue about Bayan-Olgii aimag will be part of Kazakhstan. Bayan-Olgii is an integral part of the Mongolian territory. Even Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan can not seperate Bayan-Olgii aimag from Mongolia. Also Kazakh people living in Bayan-Olgii aimag never talk about being independent. 

“OUR PRESIDENT IS NAZARBAYEV”

FALSE. Social media rumors that Bayan-Olgii children will answer the question "Who is the president of Mongolia?" as N.Nazarbayev, and the question "What is the capital city of Mongolia?" as Astana. It is completely false rumor as power and internet is well developed in Bayan-Olgii, people are exposed to new information and news about Mongolia in due time. Thus every Kazakh youth and child knows that the president of Mongolia is Ts.Elbegdorj. 

BAYAN-OLGII IS JUST LIKE A FOREIGN COUNTRY 

FALSE. People say that residents of Bayan-Olgii aimag do not speak Mongolian which makes us feel like traveling in a foreign country. Even Bayan-Olgii has only one Mongolian language secondary school, other secondary schools teach Mongolian language at third grade. Every Kazakhs living in Bayan-Olgii can speak Mongolian free. 

KAZAKHS WILL LEAVE MONGOLIA TO KAZAKHSTAN 

FALSE. In the beginning of 90sthe president of Kazakhstan appealed Kazakhs living in every corner of the world to come to Kazakhstan. As a result, many Kazakh families of Bayan-Olgii moved to Kazakhstan. Remained elders say "Nazarbayev can not gather all Kazakhs. We will never leave Mongolia. My four generations of ancestors were buried in this land".

All Kazakhs living in Mongolia were born in Mongolia. They consider that they have mother and child connection between them and Mongolia. 

KAZAKH PRACTICE ISLAM 

FALSE. Islam is not a religion. Word "islam" translates as infidel in Tibetan language. Kazakhs practice the Islamic religion. People who practice Islam are called Muslims.

KAZAKHS DO NOT EAT PORK 

TRUE. Muslims do not eat pork and people who violate this rule is considered to commit a great sin. Because pigs are very dirty animals as they eat everything even their dropping and offspring. 

KAZAKH WOMEN DO NOT MARRY MONGOLIAN MEN

TRUE. The reason why Kazakh women do not marry Mongolian men is difference in religions. Kazakh women should not marry man who practice a different religion. However they can marry a man of different religion only if he agrees to take Muslim. Therefore there is no rule prohibiting Kazakh women to marry with Mongolian men. 

KAZAKHS ONLY SPEAK KAZAKH WITH EACH OTHER 

TRUE. Have you ever seen that the Buryats or Bayads speak in English or Russian to communicate with each other? Similarly Kazakhs speak Kazakh. However official documents should be written or spoken in Mongolian language as the official language practiced in Mongolian territory is Mongolian.

KAZAKH CIRCUMCISE BOYS 

TRUE. Muslims must circumcise boys. Circumcision is an important ritual aimed at improving cleanliness and is considered to prevent men from sexually transmitted diseases and various inflammatory diseases.

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