Kyariz — a Miracle of Ancient Hydraulic Engineering

31 December 2021

Water is a source of life. Every drop of life-giving moisture is worth its weight in gold in the Karakum Desert, which occupies the largest part of the sacred Turkmen land. This is live water, covered with legends. According to the tradition, from ancient times people treated it with great respect and greeted it, “Essalawmaleýkim, suw aga!” In the ancient written epos Gorkut Ata, Salyr Gazan talked to water as a living being, emphasising that it saw the face of the Almighty.

This article is about water and kyarizes, built by our ancestors since ancient times.

NT. Photo: Sagit BATALOV