AKKOSHATKAN-TAU - THE MOUNTAIN WHERE A SWAN WAS SHOT

 

Earlier there lived in the village of Kathyrsha one hunter Yihangir by name. Once when he was hunting, he saw two swans by the Tuckmak spring. Yihangir was watching the birds quite long, admiring their beauty. But soon he lost patience: the hunter's zeal possessed him - he shot one of them. But the moment he took hold of the swan shot by him, he lost his ability to speak.

Misfortune befell Yihangir's family. Soon his wife died after a short illness, and several days later his children died. After this Yihangir left his hearth and home and went roaming about. Some time later he died.

So Yihangir was punished for breaking the prohibition1. And the mountain where the swan was killed is called Akkoshatkan-tau - The Mountain Where the Swan Was Shot.

 

 


1) Analogous legends, at the basis of which are ancient totemic beliefs are typical of many Turkic-Mongol peoples. A murder of a swan was considered a grave sin, for instance with Mongolian Derbutes. They were convinced that the one who killed a swan would die himself (Potanw, Essays. 1883. P. 132). Swan was considered to be a sacred bird with the Yakuts, Siberian Tatars, and its murder was strictly forbidden. (Gurevfch I.S. Cosmogonic notions and vestiges of a totemic cult of the inhabitants of the Olenek region. SE. 1948. Na 3. P.130; LosevaZ. K., TomilovA. A. Legends and historical tales of the Irtysh Tatars // Spiritual culture of Siberian peoples. Tomsk. 1980. P. 23). The belief that the one who murders a swan incurs death upon himself and his family exists among the Kirghiz people. (Kirghiz-Russian dictionary. M., 1965. P. 117). The Chuvash people equalled a swan's murder to one's mother's murder (Rodfonov V. G. The image of swan in the genres of Chuvash folklore // Soviet Tufkofogy. 1983. Ne 6. P. 19). See also comments to the legend "Yurmaty kins".