The book titled “Altai Communities: Animals and Farming” was published by the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB).
In this book, which consists of the texts of the papers presented at the “8th International Altai Societies Symposium Animal and Farming Culture” that was supported by TDBB, which was held in the cities of Bishkek the capital of Kyrgyzstan and Issık-Göl, between 19-23 August 2019. Book includes papers presented at the symposium of scientists from different countries including Turkey and Kyrgyzstan, Russia, USA, Japan, China, South Korea, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
İlhan Şahin, Abılabek Asankanov, Üçler Bulduk, Saadettin Yağmur Gömeç, Güljanat K. Ercilasun, M. Bilal Çelik, Erhan Taşbaş, Aymira Taşbaş and Dinara Duisebayeva were the editors of the 639-page book, while Fahri Solak was the project manager.
An important part of the articles in the book were written in Altaic languages and dialects, and some of them were written in English and Russian. An English summary is also included at the beginning of each article so that a wider community can benefit from the articles.
At the beginning of the book is the Introduction written by the President of Kyrgyzstan, Sadir Caparov. Emphasizing that Turkic-speaking peoples have enriched the history and civilization of humanity with the traditional economies they have developed jointly in their thousands of years of history and the material-spiritual cultural elements directly related to this structure, he points out that the scientific studies in this book reveal this situation.
In the work, which includes 55 articles, Livestock culture and its formation; formation and development of equestrian culture around steppe culture, traces of nomadic animal husbandry in Siberian Turkish culture, sheep and wolf culture in nomadic tribes in Anatolia, historical and literary references; Literary discourses on the animal-human relationship in Dîvânü Lugati’t-Türk, horse stamps as a symbol of belonging in the Ottoman Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries, language and vocabulary; From “tawar / tavar / davar” to “mal”, animal names in Mongolian runic inscriptions, eagle in cultural memory: in the proverbs of Kazakhstan Turks, animal names in northwest (Kipchak) group Turkish dialects, compound animal names in Kazakh Turkish-in terms of structure and meaning, society and economy; Activities of place names, beliefs, cults and symbols in the period of horse and Kazakh nomadic livestock in socio-economic areas; Livestock and animal squires in Turkmen culture, stray dogs of Istanbul in the Ottoman period, arts and crafts from the pen of their witnesses; Turkish animal style (from Altai to Anatolia), the use of zoomorphic embroidery in Uzbek hand embroidery, the place and importance of the Döşemealtı carpet in traditional Turkish culture, food and beverage and medicine production; traditional cheese making and storage are topics of articles.