Manzhyly Ata

Update: December 18th, 2011

Manzhyly Ata is on the Southern shore of Lake Issyk Kul, not far from the village of Bokonbaevo. The site rises into the foothills of the Terskey Ala Too, and overlooks the lake.

It is named for a man called Mazhyly who lived here long ago, a moldo or wise man who could tell the future and was also healer. When he died, he was buried here and a number of springs began to flow in the valley. Each of the springs has been assigned its own name, has a distinct and different taste and is supposed to be efficacious in the treatment of a particular type of illness. People would come to the place where Father Manzhyly, (Manzhyly Ata), was buried in order to to read the Koran, to pray and to drink from the springs.

Some of the springs are quite close together nut others are set a little apart. It is fairly easy to locate them however, as they are visible from afar for the simple reason that there individual trees growing nearby in the midst of the barren landscape.


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