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“International Altai Communities Symposium”, where Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) were among the supportive institutions and the linguistic, religious, historical and dogmatic rituals of Altai Communities were handled, was held between 20 and 22 July 2015, hosted by Akdeniz University.

The meeting, which was made before in Istanbul in 2011 and in Seoul in 2013, and whose supporters were Marmara University, Akdeniz University, Bishkek Gumanitardık University and Kırşehir Municipality, was attended by almost 150 scholars from various countries like Turkey, Republic of Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Russian Federation, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria and USA.

In the opening session of the symposium Union of Altai Academicians’ Co-president Prof. İlhan Şahin talked on behalf of Organization Committee and pointed out the studies made until now, “The studies made until recently have shown that during the historical process, there are lots of common civilization values among communities and countries, while taking Altai as center and expanding to Asia’s easternmost and westernmost parts, especially on history, language, religion, and beliefs. These countries and communities are known as “Altai Communities” in science world.

On the other hand, touching on the common cultural values of the communities living in Asia, Rector of Akdeniz University İsrafil Kurtcephe said, “Even though we are far away and separate from each other today, these cultural values bring us together. It is our duty, as scientists, to keep these cultural values alive today.”

In the program, Rector of Korean International Studies University and also Co-President of Union of Altai Academicians Prof. Han Woo Choi, Secretary General of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) Fahri Solak, Deputy Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality İsmail Afşar, and President of Istanbul Union of the Chambers of Artists and Artisans Faik Yılmaz made speeches.

The opening conference of the symposium was made with the presentation of Japanese Professor Masatake Matsubara, themed as “The roots of nomadic life in Eurasia and its historical role”.

In the mini concert program “From Altai to Anatolia”, Kyrgyz participants performed “Epic of Manas” and then Kırşehir “Abdallar” Music Group took stage.

The two day-long “International Altai Communities Symposium”, in which the linguistic, religious, historical and dogmatic rituals of Altai Communities were handled in parallel sessions in four different halls, ended with the closing session in 22 July 2015.