Video: Madjrum


Majrum is a small mountain village, lost in the Nurata Mountains (Navoi region, Uzbekistan). Time does not seem to have any power over the local way of life: the same way of baking the bred in tandyr, an ancient way of flour pouring, the same daily worries. The century-old traditions are carefully preserved by aksakals and passed on to the young generation as an invaluable wise knowledge.

There is a unique natural monument in the suburbs of Majrum, a huge Juniper tree, which is no less than 1500 years old. The local residents say that Alexander the Great set this tree himself! The tremendous tree impresses deeply for its gigantic dimensions: the trunk is 24 meters in circumference and you can easily walk along its huge branches bent under the weight of centuries. The juniper became a sacred place for the local people: they come here to pray, the newlyweds always touch the sacred tree and tie a handkerchief in the hope that their desire will come true, desperate women ask for the tree of a long-awaited baby. Not far from Majrum begins the border of the Nurata state reserve where you can see Kyzylkum sheep (Severtsov's sheep) which are listed in the Red Book.

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