“Okzhetpes” rock

Majestic “Okzhetpes” rock (in Russian – an arrow cannot reach) is one of the most well-known attractions of Burabay resort area. Its height no more than 300 metres above sea level. It is a decoration of Auliyekol Lake (Borovoye). According to evidences, there are more than 16 legends and stories about this mountain. The poet, statesman Saken Seifullin in his well-known poem Kokshetau turned to these vivifying sources of folk art and gave a special meaning, special sound for them. The great poet of the Kazakh people, expertly wielding with the word, could correctly, ably to give an essence of the legend of Okzhetpes. And this legend became a symbol of love and fidelity, honor and dignity of women. There are 3 legends about Okzhetpes rock are most popular among people.

1.The Great Steppe was always in danger of a big and small Mongols, Jungars, Kalmyks raids. Its enemies were ruthless: they were pillaging villages, reiving cattle, killing men and children, taking women and girls as a prisoners, taking them away into slavery …

Formidable khan of the Middle Juz – Abylai often punished offenders, gave them to understand that encroachment on the Great Steppe, on its people cannot be unpunished. And he revenged especially zealous, restless, angry ones…

Once Abylai won a crushing victory over the Kalmyks and returned with a big booty from campaign to their homes. In the shadow of one of the lakeside cliffs Abylai decided to share all mined in the battle trophies between members of a victorious campaign. Everyone received and remained pleased. There was only one question to decide:  whom to give captive-young beauty Kalmyk? Too many of the warriors wanted to see her as their wife. But Kalmyk categorically refused on each proposal.

The protracted dispute between the warriors competing for the hand and heart of the beautiful-Kalmyk puzzled Abylaj khan. To avoid the hurt of anyone of his brave warriors and captivity of the beautiful Kalmyk, he offered to find a worthy by herself. The beautiful Kalmyk tuned in to sage advice of Abylai. To solve the dispute between warriors she decided by herself. She climbed on the top of the mountain, on the foot of which were the warriors, fixed her white kerchief on the top and said:

– Shoot, djigits! Whose arrow will achieve the top of the mountain so that man will be my husband!..

Djigits competed a long time, many arrows were fired from their bows, but none of them did not reach to the top of the rock, not to mention how to touch with their sharp sting the white kerchief.

Abylai became in a rage with his inefficient warriors and ordered her to descend from the stone rock′s top. But the beautiful Kalmyk disobeyed a formidable khan Abylai and behaved against of his will. She understood full well that only on the top of the mountain cliff she is free. If she will descend to the place of angry and cruel-hearted khan, she will lose the freedom. At best she will be the concubine or the wife of the unloved man. Neither one nor the other went against her grain. So she decided on a last, desperate step in her young life – threw herself down into the waters of Blue Bay of Auliekol Lake (Borovoye) …
So the young beauty Kalmyk dead. She defied khan and everyone who wanted to see her as wife. Girl′s honor, dignity and pride were the most important things to her. It is possible to forget about this story about unruly, wayward, freedom-beauty-Kalmyk by the time, apart from unexpected happened: at the place of her fall, on the lake surface of the Blue gulf the Zhumbaktas- mysterious rock (or often named Sphinks) was appeared.

On looking at the rock each person see its own picture. Mostly she seems to be a tired, thoughtful old woman, or a young purposeful girl… Some people associate this face of the rock with no young or old woman, and consider it a symbol of rushed, restless women′s soul. And this, if follow the legend, is closer to the action of proud Kalmyk, closer to reality, to the truth of life. However, this is only a guess, and not a statement… If you look closely from the lake side at the ear of “Elephant”, you will see a full-length standing female holding a handkerchief in his hand.

2.This was a very long time ago. Near the Borovoye lake there once lived a wealthy Buy( rich man). He had quite enough of everything. But above all his wealth he treasured his only daughter, a beautiful girl. He loved her, fulfilling her every wish. Contrary to the prevailing customs and traditions of the time, he refused to give her in marriage, no matter what dowry he was offered for her. His only desire was happiness of his daughter and he allowed her to choose a husband, who would be best beloved by her heart and soul.

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