Article | Published 2018

Holy Places Relating To the Cult of Animals in Jizzakh Valley

Keywords: Jizzakh valley, historical-ethnographical region, holy places and shrines, places relating to the cult of animals, Butatosh vali, Qoplon ota, Xoroz ota and Novka ota shrines, Norchokdi, stone clocks and ecological reserve.

Abstract

This article deals with the public opinion and ceremonies on the sacred places, ritual animals of pilgrimage and the sanctity of some of the saints’ sacred places for several centuries in Jizzakh valley. In addition, the sub meaning of the holy places and animal cults has some religious views like totems, fetishism and animisms and has ceremonies are based on them.

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