“Ordered to bury an ancient mummy, the Minister of culture of Kyrgyzstan resigned

– Minister of culture, information and tourism of Kyrgyzstan Tugelbai Cossacks, who initiated the burial of an ancient mummy woman, resigned.

President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree according to which has accepted the resignation of Kazakova and freed him from his post of Minister of culture, information and tourism of the Republic, said on Saturday “to Interfax” in a press-service of the head of state. The press service did not explain the reasons for the resignation of the Minister.

However, in Kyrgyzstan for several weeks discussed the burial of the mummy of a woman related to I-V centuries of our era, which since the late 1950s was kept in the National historical Museum, but October 14 was buried in the Batken region in southern Kyrgyzstan.

The initiator of the burial was organized by the Ministry of culture under the pressure of clerics. Kazakov argued that the storage of mummies in the Museum there are no corresponding conditions, so the only solution was for her burial.

In addition to the priests of a burial mummy also demanded some activists of Kyrgyzstan, arguing that “the spirit of a dead woman is sending a curse in Kyrgyzstan”.

Archaeologists Kyrgyzstan demanded the return of the exhibit to the Museum. As told journalists the head of the Department of archeology of Institute of history and cultural heritage of the National Academy of Sciences Kadicha Tashbaev, “the decision on burial of the mummy taken by the people who don’t understand the scientific significance and importance of the findings, (…) the decision about the burial took under pressure from clerics, who believe that according to Sharia the mummy man should be buried”.

Scientists have named the burial of the mummy “deliberate destruction of scientific material and shot in the back of science” and demanded the resignation of Kazakova. They believe that the mummy could not be buried, as it is a valuable scientific material for research, scientists Also said that “we cannot allow the uneducated psychics hindered the work of scientists”.

Against the burial was made by the President Atambayev, calling it “a big mistake”.

The mummy of a young woman found in Leningrad archaeologists during excavations carried out in Batken oblast in 1956 by a team under the direction of Yuri Baruzdina. After the discovery of the remains of the scientists handed them over to the historical Museum of the Republic, where were they all these years. Researchers believe that the find dates from the I-V century ad.

The burial of the mummy was produced on 14 October in Batken oblast, buried the woman according to Muslim rites, although the discovery of it belongs to pre-Islamic period.

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