Bayas-batyr

There lived two daring young men in the days of old. One of them was called Bayas. Local bais* could not leave them in peace. Then they met and decided to rob the rich men of their property. Having done this they left for the Kazakh steppes. But as they could not find a dwelling there, they went on their way to the South, in the direction of the Sady river. Bayas's friend said: "Two ram's heads won't go into one cauldron" and he went on his way, which brought him to the Magyars1. There he stayed. And Bayas had a liking for the Sady river valley. He liked the dense and succulent grass which was good for the cattle.

While he was roaming along the Sady valley, all of a sudden there appeared the Kazakhs: they came there with barymta*. Bayas-batyr summoned and sheltered all of his people, all the cattle in reeds. One pesky magpie was flying and chattering over their heads. It was due to her that the Kazakhs found the hidden people.

"The first arrow shot goes to the traitress", said Bayas-batyr and he shot the magpie. When evening came, the Kazakhs made fires, cooked supper and went to sleep. And then Bayas-batyr crawled out of his shelter, went to neighbouring villages and he called all the villagers to fight against the Kazakhs. He chased them until there was not an arrow left in his quiver. Then Bayas-batyr said to his friends: "As soon as the Kazakhs recover and start firing at us from their bows, run backwards. Only by cunning we can overpower their batyr Alathtaima."

As soon as the Kazakhs took hold of their bows, Bayas's yegets* turned back all together, and only the batyr held back the horse flushed by the ride himself. The Kazakhs rushed at him. Then Bayas-batyr said turning to their leader:

"If your name is Alathtaima, come out and have a fight with me!"

The Kazakh batyr Alathtaima accepted his challenge. They began to exchange shots, standing at a considerable distance from each other. Alathtaima was the first to shoot. Bayas-batyr easily caught the arrow shot at him and adjusted it to his bow. Alathtaima gave a start from fear. Bayas-batyr shot an arrow in his turn. It pierced the silver saddle and stuck in the gown of the Kazakh batyr. Alathtaima saw that things were turning for the worse, he was facing a really invincible batyr. And he bowed his head. Bayas-batyr told him:

"Hey, Alathtaima! It is one thing to tend cattle and to tend the country is a thousand times greater thing. Don't come here anymore."

It is said that since then the Kazakhs had stopped making raids to the Sady, they stopped encroaching on the cattle which did not belong to them. There is a big grave-yard there which was left over from our ancestors. Later Russian Cossacks had a liking for this land and they ousted the Bashkorts from that place. Then the Bashkorts settled on the banks of the Kamalek in ten villages: Buryan, Kypsak, Kaharman, Kondozlo, Osoylo, Bishul, Katai, Ishembai, Sarysh, Mishar; eight villages were situated on the banks of the Karalek: Tally, Buryan, Dingethbai, Kypsak, Kinyagol, Tashtugai, Moratsha, Khasan.