International symposium, Japan 2005

Symposium: Conserving Cultural and Biological Diversity: The Role of Sacred Natural Sites and Cultural Landscapes

Date: Late May-early June 2005
Place: Japan
Language: English

Dr. Gulnara Aitpaeva took part in the symposium and made presentation of the following articles:

  • Article “The Phenomenon of Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan: Interweaving of Mythology and Reality”
  • Power Point presentation “The Phenomenon of Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan”

The article “The Phenomenon of Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan: Interweaving of Mythology and Reality” (in English) presents the materials and findings from the first phase of field work in Talas oblast of Kyrgyzstan. Since the article was prepared given certain requirements of the symposium organizers, it is of rather informative and descriptive. Strict limitation of the volume of paper allowed the inclusion of only a few fragments of analyses. The article prepared for the symposium is the second article in a series of materials Aigine RC has prepared for publication (the first one was published in 2004 in the Academic Review of the American University-Central Asia).

The Russian version of the article “The Phenomenon of Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan: Interweaving of Mythology and Reality” was published in “Kut Bilim” newspaper of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education in May 2005.

The Power Point presentation made in Japan was the first event where main results of the first half-year of Aigine RC’s project were presented. Besides, this presentation was also important in terms of the professional development of the author. In contrast to her previous work, it was based on the richest field materials and thus grounded in the present reality.

Participation in the symposium provided a unique opportunity to get acquainted with people with similar spiritual and scientific interests and equipped with huge amounts of live information.