THE WILLAGE OF KORYATMATH

Four hundred years ago or so Sait-batyr* decided to marry the daughter of Amir-biy* from the Usergen kin. However Amir did not want his daughter to get married.

Then Sait rushed to the biy's estate with a numerous army but he was met with a rebuff. And he was defeated by Kotor, an Uthargan batyr. Nevertheless he did not give in and began to assemble his troops again. And so he attacked the Uthargans again. Then the Uthargans divided into two groups and abandoned their native places. Some of them moved to the territory situated behind the Urals. Others went westwards, to Koryatmath. In that area in Koryatmas lived Magyars1. The Uthargans began to live together with the Magyars. Nowadays there are more than seventy families in Koryatmas who consider themselves the descendants of the Magyars.

The people from the Uthargan kin were brought there by a man, Sagadatkirey by name. He was the son of Saetgali. By the time of their coming to the lands of Koryatmath there had been living the people from the village of Yabalakly. They came from the Dim valley. The Yabalaks are Athaba* Bashkorts. Thus the river is also called Koryatmath. In the village of Yabalakly lived a skilful hunter, Mukhamatwali by name. He hunted birds and animals. Once he went hunting black cocks. But the black cocks being aware of his skill, hid themselves from him and he failed to have shot any. That's why the village was called Koryatmath, which means 'a black cock will not get in your way*.

 


1) Magyars are Hungarians. According to historical documents before the IX century the Magyar tribes occupied the territory by the Urals. In the 2nd half of the IXth cent, the Magyars ousted by the Oguzes or the Pechenegs or for other reasons left the Urals and settled in Pannonia (territory of Hungary). Before exodus from the Urals the Magyars were neighbours of the Bashkorts and they were in closed ethnical contacts with them.