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Archive of Blog: April 2014

Legend of Shah-i-Zinda necropolis
Published: 23 april 2014

One of the world-famous ancient burial places of Central Asia Shahi Zinda is located in the north-east of Samarkand. Ensemble includes mausoleums and other religious buildings 11-14, and 19th centuries. Shahi Zinda in Arabic means "The Living King".According to legend, the Prophet Mohammed a cousin Kusam ibn Abbas, who was sent to earth to preach religion Islam. During the prayer he was killed and beheaded. As he was saint, he didn’t die, but he took his head and went down to the cave where he drank living water, getting immortality. It is said that to this day he lives there.There is also a holly tree at the end of the corridor on the east side of the cemetery Shah-i-Zinda. According to legend, it is able to fulfill wishes. Legend says he who twice visits the complex Shahi-Zinda, will make satisfaction for sins and be forgiven from on high.  ...

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Sumalyak
Published: 23 april 2014

  Sumalyak is a festive dish of Uzbek cuisine, prepared from sprouted wheat. As a rule it is prepared during the celebration of Navruz. In ancient time sumalyak was prepared before spring planting. This traditional Uzbek dish is cooked in a kettle on cottonseed oil with the addition of flour for 20-24 hours. It is noteworthy that for the preparation of this dish people use stones. There is a legend, who will find the stone, he must make a wish and it will come true.   There are also several legends about the origin of sumalyak. One of them says: people, who settled in Central Asia, engaged in farming. Once extremely severe cold came in winter, of course people were not ready to such bitter cold. Food stocks run out. People had to gather sprouted wheat grains and cook food from stocks. Having tasted unappetizing dish, defenders of the city felt burst of force and energy, that be...

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