Nahili Samurai

Ashgabat, Gokdepe, Nissa, Desert Market tour | December 17, 2007

Ashgabat, Gokdepe, Nissa, Desert Market tour

What will you miss on your tour around Ashgabat? You will miss the Turkmen story, just like me today. You will still listen to Soviet story, because the tourist guide didn’t read the history written by Turkmens. They still go on with the “old format” historians, from the distorted books of the past. They will not tell how we sold Russian trophy weapons in Bukhara after defeating them many times, they will not tell how Gara Batyr rode alone against entire Skobelev’s army, how women fought the enemy like women of Turkish Chanakkale. They will not tell you how Skobelev died 1 year after Gokdepe…

Nissa is not much assosiated with Turkmens and Desert Market is to move to a new place soon. These things have to be told.

Millions of rubles were spent during Soviet union to make Turkmens shy of being Turkmen. What’s the problem now? The problem is – we still have tourist guides educated in those times. This could be easily fixed if they only tried to read new books, if they weren’t lazy.

I’m not a historian, but I know that life and marketing are about stories. Those ruins and mosques are white paper to tell your own story. Tell the true story guys, don’t tell Soviet fairy tales. Please!


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  1. Where is it possible to buy or obtain, books on Turkmen history in English?

    Everything seems to be in Russian or Turkmen language

    Comment by Rano — December 26, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  2. The best source is Ruhnama, since it’s based on real Turkish, Chinese and Arabic historical scripts. Many other books are distorted by Soviet historians and West.

    I plan to translate some small stories as well.

    Comment by nahili — December 27, 2007 @ 2:45 am

  3. Yeah, Rukhnama! My favourite book.

    Comment by sarah — January 31, 2008 @ 1:04 am

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