Hungarian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Andras Barani joined the expedition titled "Following the ancestors’ footsteps". The common roots between the Hungarians and the Torgai Madiyar tribes were proved 10 years ago with the help of genetic studies. According to the diplomat, he had dreamed of seeing the Kazakh land where his ancestors had originated from.

 

ANDRAS BARANI, HUNGARIAN AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:

 - We do not call ourselves Hungarians, but the Madiyars, the country of Mazharstan.  Hungarian orientalists in the 1960's learned for the first time that Kazakhstan has madia tribe, in these parts, in Torgai. Today we visited the Saga, where there is a big monument of the "tree of life" symbolically connecting us Magyar Hungarians living in the Carpathian basins and Kazakh Magyars, here, in Torgai, so I'm especially pleased to be here.

 

The next destination of the expedition was the village of Bidaidyk, located a thousand kilometers from Astana. The small settlement is home to only 20 families, nevertheless, the place very valuable for historians - here there is a tomb of Myrzhakyp Dulatov, famous Kazakh writer and intellectual of the 20th century. Lines from his poem calling for freedom are carved on his tomb.

 

GULBAN SARSEKEYEVA, DIRECTOR, TORGAI MUSEUM:

 - In difficult times, Myrzhakyp Dulatov, along with his friends from Semey, drove the cattle to Torgai so that people did not die of hunger. He was one of the national leaders, who always thought about the people.

 

A lot of famous people originated from Torgai. One of them is Faizolla Ishan, who was buried in the Amangeldy village. According to local elders, he was not only one of Myrzhakyp Dulatov’s supporters but also one of his closest friends.

 

ASKERBEK NURIDDIN, AMANGELDY RESIDENT:

-This man was a spiritual mentor for man. He was a sufi. He preached the Koran. He studied in Bukhara and Tashkent for 40 years.

 

After visiting the native land of the poet Faizolla Ishan who was a friend of Myrzhakyp Dulatov, the expedition headed to the mausoleum of Abulkhair Khan in the neighboring Aktobe region. The mausoleum is located ninety kilometers from the Aktasty village. The 25-meter high construction was discovered when the remains of the great Khan were found two years ago.

 

BEKARYSTAN MYRZABAI, STAFF, REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM:

 - In 1998, a group of historians led by Serik Azhigali recognized several mausoleums where Abulkhair Khan could be buried. The excavations began in 2009. As a result, the remains of the khan were found near this mausoleum and these remains underwent anthropological expertise.

 

The expedition is now heading to the native lands of Koblandy batyr and Isatai Taimanov, and plans to visit the place of the mysterious ancient geoglyphs.

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