In the village of Aisha Bibi of the Jambian region, 18 km from the city of Taraz is the mausoleum of Aisha Bibi. There are no reliable facts about the construction of the tomb. However, there is a Kazakh legend about Aisha Bibi's love for her fiance.

Beautiful Aisha was the daughter of the famous rich man - Hakim-Ata. Karahan, passing the village, fell in love with the 16-year-old Aisha at first sight. Beautiful Aisha also fell in love with Karahan. Aisha's father refused to marry his daughter to Karakhan. Although Karakhan was a khan, but not so famous, Hakim didn't want to give a blessing for the wedding. Saddened by this conclusion, Karakhan went home. Aisha, not receiving the blessing from her father, decided to leave home.

“You will cross six rivers, but you will not cross the seventh,” – said father after Aisha left. Aisha crossed six rivers, but she stopped in front of the seventh river, recalling her father's spell.

Father's curse soon came true. The bite of a snake crawling out of stone was fatal. At this place, the “sleeping” beauty Aisha-Bibi was buried. The guardian of the tomb was her inseparable nurse and friend, Babaja Khatun.

Devotion to her mistress knew no bounds. Therefore, when Babaja died, she was buried nearby. Karahan arrived too late. Shocked and heartbroken, Karakhan ordered to erect a beautiful mausoleum on the grave of his beloved, thereby inscribing the name Aisha in eternity.

People say that Karakhan lived a long life. He had several wives, but their names are unknown. When Karakhan was dying, he ordered to bury him in a place where Aisha's mausoleum could be seen.

The mausoleum itself looks very light and elegant. For more than eight centuries, it stands, despite the winds and bad weather, as a witness to great love.

Today, women come to the mausoleum and ask for family happiness and motherhood. All the brides who visited this place say that they felt the extraordinary influence of that aura, which is reflected from the carved walls of the mausoleum.

It is believed that those who visit the mausoleum of the “eternal bride” on their wedding day will live together for a long time and will be happy.

Aisha Bibi

On April 15th Kazakh people celebrate a day of Qozy and Bayan – Sulu, like the day of love, which is similar to the February 14th. It is associated with one of the most popular legends is told about the tragic love between the boy Qozy and the girl Bayan – Sulu. In the old days, two best friends Sarybay and Karabay vowed to each other to cherish their friendship and that their unborn children would be married to each other. Their oath was sealed with blood. After some time passed, Sarybay had a son named Qozy and Kurabay had a daughter named Bayan – Sulu. Few years after, Surabay died while hunting in the mountains. In ancient Kazakhstan a son without a father considered an orphan. Left without a breadwinner, Qozy and his mother struggled to live after. 

While time passed, Qozy and Bayan grew up together and fell in love with each other. Despite his oath with a friend, Kurabay did not want his daughter to marry a poor orphan. Instead, he married off his daughter to the insidious and unreliable Kodar. Qozy did not want his love to be married with Kodar, so he called him out for a battle. Kodar was scared and instead of a fair fight, he ruled Qozy into a trap and killed him. Bayan heard about Qozy and the grief overtook her. She decided to take revenge on her future husband. Bayan told Kodar that she would only marry him if he descended into well holding Bayan’s long braids and bring the water from it. When Kodar descended into a well, Bayan cut off her beautiful braids and ordered people to full this well with stones. After she took revenge for her love, Bayan stabs herself with a knife right into blessing own heart.

Qozy and Bayan Sulu

The last, but not least, the third legend is about gaining a dombra with a modern look. It says that before the dombra was with five strings and without a hole in the middle. The glorious boy Kezhendyk, known throughout the district, owned such an instrument. He once fell in love with the daughter of a local khan. Khan invited Kezhendyk to his yurt and ordered to prove his love for his daughter. A boy began to play, long and beautifully. He sang a song about the khan himself, about his greed and cruelty. Khan got angry and ordered the tool to be damaged by pouring hot lead in the middle of the dombra. Then a hole in the middle was burned out and only two strings remained. 

 

Kazakh dombra