The exhibition “Decoration of camels according to the ancient tradition of Turkmens” is open at the State Museum of the State Cultural Center
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The exhibition “Decoration of camels according to the ancient tradition of Turkmens” is open at the State Museum of the State Cultural Center

Today the museum hosted the official opening of an exhibition whose main purpose is to show visitors the traditions of proper decoration of a wedding procession.

This type of exhibition is organized for the first time in the museum. Based on the study of national traditions of decorating the wedding procession, it presents all the attributes of the camel’s appearance. The exhibition uses exhibits kept in the collections of the State Museum.

Since ancient times, Turkmens have preserved the unique tradition of decorating the wedding caravan – gelinalyjy.

Especially for this exhibition, the restoration department created a camel mannequin with a palanquin, decorated with carpets and fabric products according to ancient traditions. The showcases and stands feature festive camel decorations.

In Turkmenistan, the one-humped camel was domesticated as early as the 3rd-2nd millennium BC, as evidenced by artifacts found in Gonur Depe. The discovery of 2.5 million-year-old petrified camel tracks in Western Kopetdag confirms the origin of the one-humped camel from Arvan in Turkmenistan. The exhibition also presents a reconstruction of ancient camel tracks.

In the modern world, ancient rites and traditions of peoples are gradually being lost. Outdated customs are replaced by new ones in the process of historical development. At the exhibition, one can fully experience the atmosphere of a traditional Turkmen wedding and see authentic exhibits from the past. The exhibition is dedicated to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the great Turkmen poet Magtymguly Fragi.