The 21st century is the century of new technologies and innovations. Every day more and more new means and methods are invented for every sphere of human activity. “Better, faster, easier, newer” is the motto of a new time and new generation. The newest technologies and discoveries have made a fantastic future a reality. Today, there are so many opportunities for any idea, innovation, or intention!
However, while becoming more oriented to new methods, innovative discoveries, and pursuing the new and unexplored, it can be easy to forget the knowledge that already exists – knowledge that holds the wisdom and kindness of old centuries and the beauty and harmony of the universe.
What do we lose when this happens? And what do we get in return? Can we stop the swift flow of time and reverse it? By striving for new knowledge are we neglecting our older knowledge? The farther we go into the future, the more we forget our roots and lose the knowledge of past times. However, many questions already have answers which were collected over many years and transferred from generation to generation. This particularly applies to the Kyrgyz people, people with a rich and outstanding history.
How can we preserve and pass on to the next generations the good, old knowledge and traditions that carry peace, prosperity and harmony; harmony between a man and the land where he lives and the nature that surrounds him? How can we keep this knowledge and pass it on to future generations to ensure that the forests are not eliminated, the rivers do not dry up, the grass remains green, and the thread between generations is not broken? In an attempt to answer these and other questions, we have developed an idea of traditional knowledge – knowledge of our ancestors which is as useful and important today as in the ancient times in which it was conceived.
consists of the practical methods and approaches to tackling everyday tasks which have been developed and polished over the centuries.
It contains the deep wisdom of people, their understanding of the surrounding world and livelihood.
It is passed on from generation to generation in the form of tales, epics, songs, legends, stories and simple tips.
Kyrgyz traditional knowledge springs from the experience of nomadic life. It is knowledge about raising cattle on natural fodder, building and decorating one’s home, the yurt, and cooking plain yet healthy and nutritious food in nomadic conditions in the absence of agricultural products. This knowledge was transmitted using an age-old system: a mother taught her daughter and a father taught his son.
Over many decades of forced settlement, knowledge of our ancestors has been forgotten, erased, and almost completely lost. There are very few people who have kept and are able to share such traditional knowledge and experience with us. Along with the difficulties faced by our country at present, little attention is paid to issues such as the accumulation, preservation, and dissemination of Kyrgyz traditional knowledge, practices and experience. We recognize this big gap and try to fill it, as now, more than ever, we lack the knowledge of our ancestors to preserve the peace, harmony, unity, and prosperity of our society.
Kyrgyz Traditional Knowledge is the world in which the original wisdom of generations and times gone by is preserved; the a world with so many interesting, unexplored, and attractive aspects. We will try to start a fascinating journey through time which, we believe, will give us new opportunities and ideas, broaden our horizons, and provide us with new knowledge.