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Alkey Margulan’s World

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Aygul KEMELBAYEVA

Scientist and academician Alkey Margulan in his book «World of Kazakhs» analyzes history of native land, its culture and ethnographic heritage. The first part of the book is titled «Petroglyphs with wolf totem." In places where culture exists at present, it will exist in future. Prehistory of nations includes inscriptions on stones and petroglyphs. Alkey Margulan starts his book with presenting these data. Petroglyph is an archaeological, scientific term. In translation from Greek, petra means stone, and glyphein (glyph) means «to carve», humans have been using stone from prehistoric period; it has been an the most indispensable object for life, which is proved by results of archaeological excavations. Petroglyphs animate stones, their importance lies in the fact that images of kulans, aurochs, hunters and shamans, which had been portrayed on stones, give precious information about people of that epoch.

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