The memorial museum of the famous mythologist, linguist, historian and local historian Serikbol Kondybai actively takes tourists.
Memory about the great researcher of mythology, the Turkic scholar Serikbol Kondybai is carefully kept in the archives of the museum of the Shetpe settlement. In three rooms the life of a great man is described, his works are presented.
The first room "The phenomenon of Serikbol Kondybai" is devoted to his research, his family, life, studies and works. The conference hall is equipped for seminars and scientific meetings.
On the second floor of the museum there is an exposition of scientific researches of native and world scientists about the creativity of Serikbol Kondybai, as well as the rooms of "Mythology" and "The World Model of Myth", beloved by tourists, designed for scientific research by S. Kondybai.
Serikbol Kondybai left a rich spiritual heritage - studies of previously untouched layers of Kazakh mythology, historiography, linguistics, etc. He considered his research as an opportunity to serve his people, history, spirituality.
Mythology is the source of knowledge about this or that people, its past in all spheres of life. Myths formed the basis for the research of a Kazakh historian, linguist, geographer and ethnographer, who is destined to break the "age-old prejudices of world science about the role of Turkic peoples in the history of mankind." The instrument for penetrating to the main subject of research was for him the native Kazakh language, considered by him as a memory of centuries and layers of life of generations passed through these centuries. Fairytales and folk tales, parables and legends, ancient lores, proverbs and sayings...
Serikbola is called the first Kazakh who turned to the knowledge of the mythology of his people through the language. But we know at the same time that it was Chokan Valikhanov who stood at the origins of this path. Serikbol Kondybai went further. For the first time in our Fatherland, he used the linguistic-mythological method to restore myths in their temporal development, including their archaic forms. Pioneer, he himself in the new round of the history of Kazakhstan science himself worked out the ways of research and obtaining truth.
Calling himself the groundskeeper of the Kazakh mythology, he used historical analogies and comparisons, language intercomparisons, various documents, knowledge of folklore. The realities of antiquity, rituals and traditions, data of ethnology, ethnography, geography and other sciences offering their knowledge came to the aid. Serikbol was interested in everything, and this universalism of approach gave rise to many topics in his books. There are spiritual centers, numerical symbols, the importance of metallurgy that existed in antiquity and the sign of fire, calendar and astronomical mythology, and much, much more. Serikbol advocated the reconstruction of the true role of our ancestors in the history and spiritual culture of the peoples of the world. For example, in his works he not only demonstrates parallels in the mythology of the Turks and Indo-Europeans, but proves that in many cases the Indo-European images and terms cannot be fully explained without reference to the Turkic language and Turkic mythology.
As for the life of Serikbol, I cannot call it otherwise, as a feat. He was 26 years old when he, a graduate of the Kazakh State University named after Al-Farabi, got into a car accident and, unable to move because of a spinal injury, had to spend the remaining nine years, nine months and nine days in his native village Shetpe, Mangistau region. Here, in isolation from libraries and such necessary to him a scientific environment, Serikbol wrote 16 books, 10 of which were almost immediately published. Serikbol turned out to be a self-sufficient person, who proved by own example that being does not always determine consciousness. Each of his books as a doctoral dissertation, a great scientific work. Take, say, "The mythology of the Pre-Kazakhs." The study of the ancient mythological world outlook through the internal opportunities of the Kazakh language and the restoration of the historical path of Pre-Kazakhs on the mythological material. The book is nothing but a continuation of the “Introduction to Kazakh Mythology”, the purpose of which was to find out what plots and images exist in Kazakh mythology, and which ones do not. Here for the first time in our science was an attempt to create an alphabet of the mythology. The alphabet, which in a book published six years later in Russian, "Kazakh mythology" has developed into a short, but already a dictionary.
. In the study "The Kazakh steppe and the German Gods", by the means of a comparative analysis shows the relationship between the images and names of German-Scandinavian mythology with the history of the steppe, the ancient Turks and the Turkic language. The possibility of the Turkic origin of the images of the German gods in the Scandinavian sagas is considered. In the book “Hyperborea: Genealogy of the Dream Age”, the results of a mythological analysis are summarized, which, together with the data of history, geography, and archeology, suggestive that 8,000 years ago the so-called Hyperborean culture existed on the South Caucasus coast of the Caspian Sea. It gave rise to modern Eurasian peoples and became the source of their languages, mythologies and cultures, then it forked, and the Turks (Pre-Kazakhs) were one of the branches of the Hyperboreans.
As early as at the age of five he painted geographic maps and read a lot. After graduating from the university with a degree in Geomorphology, he was recommended to postgraduate study at the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Being the youngest in a large family, the son-kenzhe, according to Kazakh customs, is obliged to take his father's inheritance and be with his parents. He worked as an expert in the Mangistau-Ustyurt Monument Protection Society, the regional ecology department, and then the geography teacher in the village school. Overnight, after a car accident, all plans, hopes and dreams were broken. And since there was still no time left for science, now he decided to take himself in hand and, despite the terrible disease, to deal with it. Home supported him in full - in particular, the mother and sister Balsulu, who got him the necessary literature, found support from local leaders and sponsors for the publication of another book of her brother. As a result, so much has been done, as the whole scientific institute cannot do. Thanks to the works of Serikbol, a new science was born in the Republic - NATIONAL MYTHOLOGY.
Rimma Kanatbaevna Berdieva, director of the memorial museum of mythology of Serikbol Kondybai