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Ancient Chest of Amulets

At the foot of the Kopetdag Mountains, there is a traditional dwelling – a yurt. The place there is wonderful, clean springs, rich harvests and hospitable residents... But I, as an ethnographer and researcher of material culture, am interested in protective and magical objects in the decorative and applied arts of the Turkmen. And in the house, there is a whole treasure of magical objects – an old decorated chest. As the villagers say, sandyk (Turkmen) had a special place in the wedding rites of the Turkmen people. Ancient family relics, in particular amulets and talismans, protected the owner of the chest. Many peoples of the world use amulets, and women often feel more protected with them.

Book by President Serdar Berdimuhamedov presented at Embassy of Turkmenistan in Moscow

«7/24. tm» № 07 (194), 12.02.2024 A series of events dedicated to the 300th birth anniversary of the genius of Turkmen literature Magtymguly Fraghi started within the walls of the diplomatic mission of Turkmenistan in the Russian Federation.

Great Things are Accomplished with the Power of the Pen and the Word

Independent neutral Turkmenistan today is experiencing a genuine upswing in the state and public life, and it has gained great authority in the Community of Nations as a peace-loving country open to equal cooperation. And the initiative of the National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov “Dialogue Is a Guarantee of Peace” set the vector for new approaches to solving pressing problems of our time. Glorifying the present, we remember the great ancestors, whose names are inscribed with golden letters in the history of the Turkmen people, and their deeds that became a guide for descendants. He was a descendant of the Garagoyunly Turkmen. He was called the Khan of all Khans, thanks to whom the Mughal state in India was brought to the level of an empire. A skilled diplomat with the power of pen and word, Bairam Khan the Turkmen achieved great success in strengthening peace, preventing wars and establishing good relations between India and the states of the Middle East. And with his immortal verses he revealed for humanity the rich spiritual world of the Turkmen people.

At the Origins of Civilisation

One wise man once said, “The sand of oblivion covers the traces of those who passed through our land”. But that is not true. The spirit of learning and the ineradicable desire to open new pages of history always lives in people. Among those who discovered the earliest centres of grain farming on the planet for the world, in search of disappeared civilisations in the sand dunes of Turkmenistan, was an American Raphael Pumpelly. Turkmenistan is a country with a continuous millennia-old history and is rich in historical monuments dating back to different periods. The borders of the habitats of ancient farmers or proto-urban centres can still be seen on some mounds that are scattered throughout the country. The ruins of ancient fortresses have also been preserved.

At the Edge of Centuries

The city of Anau was declared the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2024. The decision was made unanimously following the 39th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY, which was held in Bursa (Türkiye). This status is awarded to ancient cities, the history of which is inextricably linked with the history of the formation of Turkic-speaking nations in the Age of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, to bind together the Turkic world with common cultural and artistic wealth, to strengthen unity, solidarity and brotherhood among the Turkic peoples and to promote culture and art of the Turkic world worldwide. Our correspondent talks with the Head of the National Directorate for the Protection, Study and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments at the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan Muhammed Mamedov about what Anau and its surroundings are famous for. NT: “There are not many places on the planet which have evidence shedding light on the crucial stages in the development of human civilisation. One of these places is the foothills of the Kopetdag Mountains in Turkmenistan. There, the ancient settled agricultural area, known as the Anau civilisation, emerged in the northern foothill plain in the V-IV millennia BC. With unflagging interest, one archaeological expedition after another sieved through hundreds of cubic metres of soil to find unique and inval

Defenders of the Motherland through the eyes of artists

The grand opening of an exhibition entitled “Jandan Eziz, Watanym!” took place at Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great Museum of Fine Arts of Turkmenistan on the eve of the Day of the Defenders of the Motherland. The thematic exhibition features about 50 artworks, including paintings, sculptures and ceramic items. The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of public organisations and young soldiers – excellent military students and cadets. The military servants noted they vigilantly stood guard over the security of the country and people, proudly fulfilling their sacred patriotic duty. Our Motherland widely and solemnly celebrates the Day of the Defenders of the Motherland annually on January 27, which illustrates the continuity of the high mission of defending the Motherland.

Anau — Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2024

«7/24. tm» № 04 (191), 22.01.2024 An exhibition and science and practical conference marking the declaration of Anau city the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2024 was held at the Ak Bugdaý National Museum of Turkmenistan in Anau city.

Inexhaustible Source

These days, an exhibition of fine and applied arts is being held at the Exhibition Centre of the Directorate of Art Exhibitions of the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan to mark the motto of the year “The Ocean of Wisdom Magtymguly Pyragy”. In total, the exhibition features over 50 works, including the creations by painters, sculptors and jewellers. The genius of Magtymguly and his living image, created in 1947 by a Turkmen artist Ayhan Hajiyev, which vividly demonstrates the inexhaustible creative energy of Magtymguly, giving people joy and pleasure in the present happy time, are eternal.

Yurt – a Design of Amazing Harmony

A famous architect of the 20th century Le Corbusier wrote, “The yurt is one of the highest achievements of architecture. Due to its proportions commensurate with humans, it harmoniously fits into the landscape, serving as an example of the unity of nature and human habitation.” By creating this dwelling that was perfect in its functional qualities, our ancestors could see an image, embodying true similarity with the spiritual and moral values of human existence, in the yurt. A small village in the sands awoke before dawn – the villagers were preparing to celebrate the spring holiday – Nowruz Bayram. Village children and young people were crowding near the large dune, where the swings were installed firmly. The silhouettes of women dressed in their best clothes were reflected in the glow of the fire under the large cauldrons – they were cooking a festive meal.

Magtymguly in the Memory of People

The closing ceremony of an art contest that marked the 300th birth anniversary of Magtymguly Pyragy took place at the Museum of Fine Arts of Turkmenistan. The event was organised by the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan and the State Committee of Turkmenistan on Television, Radio Broadcasting and Cinematography. Teachers and students of higher educational institutions and secondary and specialised schools, poets, writers and admirers of the creative work of the great Turkmen poet from all over the country participated in the contest. They glorified the enduring value and uniqueness of Magtymguly Pyragy’s poetry and his great love of the Motherland in their works.

The Age of the Find is 80 Million Years

A rock sample with imprints of an unknown ancient organism was transferred to the State Museum of the State Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan. They look like nets of hexagons with a diameter of 8-12 mm, resemble a honeycomb and occupy an area of 130-150 cm2. The fossil was found by an environmental scientist Valery Ivanovich Kuznetsov in the Western Kopetdag Mountains, at the foot of the Syunt-Hasardag ridge, in the vicinity of the town of Magtymguly. Marine sedimentary deposits of the Upper Cretaceous period, which are 60–80 million years old, are common there. Such imprints have not previously been found on the territory of our country, so the specimen was of interest to the museum scientists.

Art created by the people

Each Turkmen woman, in addition to her daily house chores, knew how to make felt mats, weave carpets and do embroidery. The Turkmen art of embroidery includes the experience of many centuries. Created by the skilful hands of beautiful Turkmen women, it requires diligence, patience and knowledge.

Orphanage children in Ashgabat receive gifts from President of Turkmenistan and Chairman of Halk Maslahaty

«7/24. tm» № 02 (189) 08.01.2024 Orphanage children in Ashgabat receive gifts from President of Turkmenistan and Chairman of Halk Maslahaty

The City of Arkadag Lights up New Stars of Pop Music

A real gift for the participants and spectators of the competition for young pop singers was the holding of the final round of the Ýylyn Parlak Ýyldyzy (“Shining Star of the Year”) competition for the first time in the new city of Arkadag. There, on the site of the Trade Complex, under the bright rays of the spotlights, ten young talents performed, charming the jury and audience with their beautiful singing art. It is symbolic that a new young galaxy of stars of the musical horizon lit up in the city of Arkadag in the year “Happy Youth with Arkadag Serdar”. The main prize and the Challenge Cup were awarded to Bahar Annayeva. “It is a great honour to become the winner of the youth pop competition ‘Shining Star of the Year’,” Bahar says. “What fills me with special pride is that the competition was held for the first time in the new city of Arkadag and in a year whose motto is ‘Happy Youth with Arkadag Serdar’. Such attention to youth, as in our country, on the part of our highly respected Hero-Arkadag and Hero Arkadagly Serdar inspires each of us and evokes in our hearts the most sincere words of gratitude and wishes of health, long life and new achievements for the benefit of our beloved Motherland and all the people.”

Anau Picks up the Baton of Cultural Capital of Turkic World

A solemn forum entitled “Ancient Anau – the Cultural Centre of the Turkic World” took place at the House of Culture in Anau. It was held to fulfil the instructions of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, given at the sitting of the Cabinet of Ministers on December 15, to organise festive events marking the status of Anau as the 2024 Cultural Capital of the Turkish World. Those speaking at the forum reminded those present about the decision of the 39th Meeting of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY, which took place in Bursa (Türkiye) on November 5 last year, to select Anau as the 2024 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World. It is symbolic that at the same meeting, 2024 was declared the Year of the great poet and thinker Magtymguly. On December 10, the moving symbol of the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World, which was put on public display by the participants of the forum in Anau, was handed over to the representatives of Turkmenistan at a solemn ceremony in the city of Shusha, Republic of Azerbaijan.

Development of cultural elations

«Türkmenistan Sport», № 4 (20), 2023 Cultural diplomacy of Turkmenistan began developing in the second half of the first decade of the 21st century. Our country maintains friendly relations with the countries of the world and builds up cultural and humanitarian partnerships. Turkmenistan signs intergovernmental agreements on cultural cooperation with dozens of countries. Great efforts are made to implement these documents.

Celebrating the Holiday of Global Peace and Creation

Creative Dedication to the International Day of Neutrality and Permanent Neutrality of the Motherland A festive concert to mark the International Day of Neutrality and the 28th anniversary of the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan was held at the Muqam Palace of the State Cultural Centre.

Women’s Union of Turkmenistan – Winner of the Carec Special Programme Prize

In the period of the Revival of the New Era of the Powerful State, much attention is paid to the development of the women’s movement in our independent and neutral Motherland. Being one of the largest public organisations in the country, whose ranks unite thousands of the most active participants in the grandiose achievements of today, the Women’s Union is an authoritative force in the implementation of creative transformations initiated by the National Leader of the Turkmen people, Hero-Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and now successfully implemented by President Serdar Berdimuhamedov. The state provides women with all kinds of benefits, creates conditions for their decent life and creative work, ensuring gender equality at the legislative level. Currently, representatives of the fair half of Turkmen society work in government structures – legislative and executive bodies, participate in foreign-policy activities, are successfully engaged in entrepreneurship, and make a significant contribution to the implementation of grandiose programmes aimed at bringing their Motherland into the ranks of developed countries of the world. At the same time, it should be noted that the country is carrying out comprehensive work to respect their rights and interests, to support the family and to protect motherhood and childhood. The practical steps taken in this direction are highly appreci

The film «Daragt» is among the winners of the Minsk International Film Festival «Listapad»

«7/24. tm» № 49 (184) 04.12.2023 The results of the International Film Festival «Listapad» were announced in Minsk on November 24. The film «Daragt» by Turkmen film director Sahysalykh Bairamov was among the winners of 2023.

With Respect for Folk Traditions

Women’s needlework is a fine and unique art. And if it has stood the test of time, like Turkmen embroidery, then it is the cultural heritage of the people. The skill of hand embroidery is an important part of Turkmen decorative and applied arts, passed down from one generation to another and has survived to this day as an indisputable property of the nation. Embroidered canvases can be called an artistic narrative, telling about the glorious past of the people, the way of life of our ancestors, national traditions and achievements. Like other types of needlework (carpet weaving and felting), embroidery in various ways has been known to the Turkmen for hundreds of years. The variety of patterns and their harmony is a synthesis of long historical development and a result of centuries-old traditions. This is evidenced by archaeological findings and ancient specimens of embroidery kept in the storerooms of state museums and private collections. Therefore, it is necessary to protect the priceless heritage and to study it from a scientific point of view.