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Road to Tupkaragan with Transdanubian Kipchak


Hungarian Ambassador in Kazakhstan laid flowers at the Austro-Hungarian Stela in Fort-Shevchenko

Learning about the implementation "Popularization of tourist site" Austrian stele", Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Hungary to Kazakhstan, Andras Baran, had a special trip to the Mangystau region, to have a look at the legendary stele.

 Accompanied by the Head of the Tourism Department of the Mangystau region Gulzhan Mangistauovna Bayzhaunova, Ambassador of Hungary to Kazakhstan and the author of this article went to Fort-Shevchenko. Akim of Tupkaragan District, Temirbek Asauov and Akim of Fort Shevchenko town, Muratbek Doschanov greeted Big guests warmly.

"Fort-Shevchenko is one of the smallest cities of Kazakhstan; it has a rich history. It is significant that Andras has arrived in the anniversary year. The festive decorations, welcomed the participants of celebrations commemorating the 17 Road to Tupkaragan with Transdanubian Kipchak

0th anniversary of Fort Shevchenko, have not taken away yet "- said Temirbek Tyilovichi and observing the aday hospitality canons; he gave the guest a unique gift - a picture of the Mangystau’s shrine - Becket Ata.

Also, your humble servant’s book called "Tupkaragan the cradle of Mangystau". There is information on Austrian stele among the collected material in the book. Andras Barani has come with the gift too from the far place.


REVELATION near the Austro-Hungarian stele

  Akim of Tupkaragan district, Head of Tourism Department of the Mangystau region and the guest from Hungary visited the soldier (military, Christian) cemetery.

Inspecting the burial carefully, with sincerity and frankness, Ambassador of Hungary to Kazakhstan laid flowers, wrapping round symbollically the Hungarian tricolor ribbon. Having read carefully historical inscription in German, offered to make adjustments and name the tourist attraction "Austro-Hungarian stele". He explained his proposal as follows: "Prisoners of war, and civilian prisoners supposedly may had been members of the Austro-Hungarian army. Therefore, among the buried in a mass grave were representatives of various nations. As an example, the burial-koytas with the image of the Austrian cross on one side and an inscription engraved in stone on the other side, probably in Hebrew. Austria-Hungary was a multinational country, so multinational was the army, who fought under the Austro-Hungarian flag.


At hospitable Kazakh dastarkhan

Head of the District invited guest from Hungary at the friendly dastarkhan. In Tupkaragan beautiful bay on the coast, in a comfortable hotel "Shagala", Ambassador of Hungary to Kazakhstan with the utmost curiosity and interest looked historic bay over from the hotel’s window, the first lighthouse of the Eastern Caspian "Upper Tupkaragan lighthouse."

It was the first time when Andras tried beshbarmak in Tupkaragan styly, with fish. Delicious baursaks, kazi – everything was nice to awe for the guest. In a friendly atmosphere, it became clear that Temirbek Asauov and Andras Barani, Muratbek Doschanov are the same age, that is kurdasy. As a result, the conversation went more animated and fun.

Andras said: "I will do everything possible the Hungarians, fellow Kipchaks of Europe were able to visit the amazing Tupkaragan, have a look at the monument of the 1st World War. As one of the great politicians: "Everything that happened in the world in the XX century, emerged from the First World War." I know that many of my countrymen do not know where buried their grandfathers, the participants of the 1st World War. I will draw scholars and researchers to explore the historical sites of the military (soldier, a Christian) cemetery.


Of brothers, who went to the west

 Andras Barani, on the way to Tupkaragan, recognized that this Tourism project, "Austro-Hungarian stele", is just a motive to renew relations between the two nations, Kazakh and Hungarian. "Our ancestors were active, the inhabitants of the Dasht-i-Kipchak; they covered huge distances from Altai to Europe on the invincible cavalry.

In the IX century the tribes of nomads, the Madiyars went to the West. They passed the steppes of Ukraine and Moldova, and then broke into Pannonia. The word "Madiyar" is translated as "man." The Madiyars raided Bulgaria, Byzantium, Italy, reached the Italian boot, devasted German and French lands, until the Netherlands and Spain. Development of the Middle Danube by nomads in the Hungarian history is designated as «honfogalas» term - "Discovering of the homeland." Hungarians often called Hunni (Huns), and the country - Hungary - the country of the Huns. The capital of the Huns’ leader, Attila, was located on the territory that is Hungary now. According to legend, Attila, who died of nose bleeding, was buried under the Hungarian river Tisza. He was put in three coffins - gold, and then - silver and the top - iron. Servants changed the direction of the Tisza at night, put the coffin on the bottom and let the river bed still. Researchers can not find the tomb of Attila still ... However, we are compatriots have found each other. The steppe tradition, nomadic past, love of horses, the way to fight, tactics of the Huns unites Hungarians and Kazakhs. More than 600 words (beard, sea, ax, etc.) are similar in Kazakh and Hungarian. Hungarian experts was entrusted to identify the skull of the Kazakh leader Abulkhair Khan.

Ninth on the territory of the Earth, which is today Kazakhstan, formerly called Dasht-i-Kipchak. There is an area in Hungary, which is called today Kunzag (Kipchakiya) and divided into two districts - Kishkunzag (Small Kipchakiya) and Nagikunzag (Big Kipchakiya). There is a city Kartsak in Hungary (Kazakhs called steppe fox - karsak). Kipchaks living here preserved the autonomy and language until the end of the XVIII century, later they assimilated. Ministers of Economy and Agriculture of Hungary, the natives of the region consider themselves descendants of the Kipchaks.

At the end of the meeting, Andras Barani promised that he would do everything possible to deevelop and strengthen kinship between Kipchaks of Zadunay and Caspian. Citizens of the two countries to intermarry, fraternize cities, tourists to travell, find their relatives and finds new friends. And once again, I proposed to expand ethnic tourism project, calling historical monument “Austro-Hungarian stele".


Ethnic tourism project executor, director of the Writing workshop, Nataliya Zaderetskaya.

Photo by author.



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