Toreodor from Tamgaly

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You can not communicate with Tamgaly being in a crowd or together with a crowd; you have to do it tête-à-tête, only so you can hold a dialogue with Eternity. However, it became practically impossible after the cult complex became a UNESCO heritage site.

Fortunately, I have repeatedly come here alone and as a part of various expeditions before everything was surrounded by wire. And I spent enough time tête-à-tête with this amazing sacred area. Personally for me the charm of such places is in those unexpected discoveries and inspirations that certainly happen there. There is something that stimulates the imagination and excites the thought. Similar happens when you talk to a beautiful and intelligent woman, in the conversation with whom so many things can be said (and in a sophisticated style!), so you get involuntarily surprised by your own wisdom. Where it is only coming from!

But the value of such complexes as Tamgaly is also in the fact that it penetrates unnoticed into your mind and continues there in the form of memories, reminiscences and...new discoveries. Looking through my photo library once, I came across a picture of the Tamgaly petroglyph that flashed in front of my eyes a hundred times. It flashed, and I suddenly saw something I have not noticed before. Analogy with other work that has been done many thousands kilometers away - the famous fresco "Games with a bull" from King Minos’ Knossos palace on Crete, created in XV century BC. Similarity is amazing! Of course, the Cretan version is more refined and sophisticated, but does it change anything? No, absolutely nothing!

I must say that from the time of the very first artist the bull has been one of the favorite characters in artist’s creative works. In the famous Franco-Spanish Upper Paleolithic caves, it is a very noticeable character. At Bronze Age its image became cosmopolitan and obtrusive on the Earth as advertisements of miracle drugs and the "good banks" today. The point, of course, is not in competition between beef producers, but in ancient magic.

Bull is a heap of power and strength, though not very clever, but has an enviable sexual activity, since olden days it has been serving as a model for the real men - hunters, herders and womanizers. That is why it became not only a symbol but also a deity, the object of worship. Let us recall the steers of Apis in Egypt, during their life time they were worshiped as gods and after death were buried as kings. The Greek Zeus was a Bull, when he kidnapped a young and beautiful Europe. The Thunderer Shiva seated on his constant bull Nandi. Decaying Rome, infected by all possible faiths, perceived Persian Mithras and enthusiastically sacrificed the best representatives of the bovine tribe to it. Baal, with whose priests Prophet Elijah argued on the slopes of Carmel (before he killed them all), also symbolized by the bull. This list could be continued endlessly. By the way, the nearby petroglyph in Tamgali continues the story - sun-headed god next to the bull.

To become taller and stronger, ancient men (and not only) took the bull by the horns, or rather came out with it on the public merrymaking, or fight. The hero Theseus, after finishing with bull-headed Minotaur, went out from his native Athens to the famous Crete, to that very King Minos. Many centuries later archaeologists found in the ruins of the vast palace the famous fresco proving the honorable place of cattle in the Minoan civilization.

But, God is with the Greeks - lets get back to our cows. Tamgaly petroglyph, which was an impulse to all this digression, is just one illustration of the existed bull cult and customary ritual of bull fights (or myth - it was the same for ancients). By the way, it came to us in the form of the Pyrenean bullfights and similar entertainment on the other end of Eurasia, in China's Zhejiang province. Here is nothing special about it. It was a time, when such merrymaking was held in the Semirechye and in the mountains of Anrahaya.

What does this mean? Not, what ardent patriots think about it. It means only one thing - we all have the same roots. And our ancestors, unlike us, felt it very well and everywhere.

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