29 September 2011

Manas and Erkindik

Here's a photo from 2006 of the old Erkindik statue, and the new Manas statue behind the fountains.  Erkindik means freedom and the statue replaced, if I recall correctly, Lenin in the main square.  Manas is the epic hero of the Kyrgyz and honestly, you wouldn't necessarily know from the statue if you were looking at Manas or Timur.  Erkindik was far more interesting and unique and it represented something the entire country could get behind.  Manas is for the Kyrgyz citizens of the country, not the Ugyhurs or Dungans or Uzbeks or Tajiks or Russians or anyone else.

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