The tenth of the “International Altai Communities Symposium”, which is traditionally held every two years in order to provide a better understanding of the civilization structure and cultural values of Altai communities, and the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) is among the supporting institutions, was held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, between 27 and 30 September 2022 with the main theme of “Food and Nutrition Culture”.

The symposium hosted by Tashkent State University for Oriental Studies was attended by around 130 Altaicist scientists from 12 countries, mainly Uzbekistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Russian Federation, India, Korea, Japan, India and Hungary and they presented papers. 

In the symposium, which took place in 37 sessions, papers on food and nutrition culture including the prehistoric and post-historical sources of food and nutrition culture (archaeological finds, rock depictions, written and oral sources) and the information in these sources, which played an important role in the formation of the civilization values and identities of the Altai people and communities; hunting period in the historical development of food and nutrition, natural plants, domestication and use of plants; terms related to food and nutrition and their etymology; methods and development of food preparation, cooking, storage; food and nutritional drinks (such as kumiss, kefir, buttermilk, soro, kımran); the tradition of orun (position) and ülüş (meat share) at the tables of families, especially khans, sultans and rulers; religion, belief and special days (such as birth, engagement, marriage, death and holy days) were presented.

In the closing session of the symposium, the requests for the symposium to be held in 2023 were evaluated and the request of the Rector’s Office of al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, was accepted unanimously and it was decided to hold the symposium on “Place and Water Names in Altai Peoples” hosted by al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty next year.

During the symposium, tours were organized both to the capital Tashkent and to Samarkand, which has an important place in Turkish and Islamic history, as cultural and social activities.

Like the papers presented at the symposiums held in previous years, the papers of this symposium will be published as a book in a short time.

As it is known, the symposium papers titled “Altai Communities: Dwelling and Dwelling Culture”, Altai Communities: Family and Family Values and Altai Communities: Traditions – Customs – Customs – Laws were published as a book by TDBB.