Culture of Kazakhstan is very depending on the history
of the region. Invasion of Geghis Khan and ruling of his sons who ruined most
of ancient cities brought Kazakhs to nomadic way of life which is reflected
in present day culture of the country.
Horseback nomadic lifestyle of Kazakhs affected their
entertaining contests which are represented in national games "Kokpar",
"Kyz-kuu", "Audaryshpak" etc.
Traditional foodways are also a product of nomadic
lifestyle as it mostly consists of meat (including entrails) and milk. Cooking
was also affected by geografic location of the region - Influence of Middle
East and Miditerranean showed in the use of rice, savoury seasonings, vegetables
and legumes and bread.
Kazakhs are moselim (sunni) but as the nomadic way
of life prevented large use of mosque institute the religious rules are not
so strictly followed and there are no even rudimentaries of islamic fundamentalism.
Many people of the country still live semi-nomadic
way moving with herds from their farms to alpine pastures for summer living
Bride-stealing tradition still finds some use in
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