Prominent military commander Kultegin

E-History
05 June 2014
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Kultegin was an outstanding military commander of the Second Turkic Khanate, recreated in VII–VIII centuries after the liberation wars against China. He became famous as a brave soldier and participant of many military campaigns of the Turks “there was nobody in that time who could resist his sword…”

After the death of the hero the stone with two inscriptions, carved with Turkic runes and Chinese characters, was placed on the Orkhon River in. The inscription in the ancient Turkic language was made for descendants, in Chinese — for the whole Chinese Empire, to fight against genocide of which Kultegin devoted his entire life.

After the death of the hero the stone with two inscriptions, carved with Turkic runes and Chinese characters, was placed on the Orkhon River in. The inscription in the ancient Turkic language was made for descendants, in Chinese — for the whole Chinese Empire, to fight against genocide of which Kultegin devoted his entire life.

The copy of the Monument to Kultegin was brought from Mongolia to the L. N. Gumilyov ENU in 2001. A few years later it was decided to establish a Museum of History of Turkic writing.

In the XIX century Danish scientist William Thomson was the first who succeeded in reading of two words in runic inscriptions which were “Turk” and “Tengri”. It was a fantastic discovery for scientists-linguists and the gates to the rich world of the Turks opened for them. Eventually it became possible to decipher and translate the epitaph on the stone of Kultegin completely.

If the monument to Kultegin, that precedes the entrance to the museum, is a replica, this stone from the tomb of the great fighter for the freedom and independence of the Turks is real. As we were told, the stone has a wonderful ability to make dreams come true; it is necessary just to wish and set a hand on it. So to be sure that it will be realized you have a unique opportunity to do it twice when you enter and leave the museum.