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It is difficult to determine the age of Tekali. This place bears traces of ancient history. It has ancient tomb sculptures in the form of sheep (Aries). Local people call them goch. This is what  Salman, a dweller of the village, studying local history, told us about goches:

“Goches are connected with the Turkic ethnics. Here, in the Altai region, too. There's a museum there, if you know. One can see goches in Central Asia, Iran, and Turkey. They are more than 2000 years old. Some people think that they belong to the 15th century when the tribes Akgoyulu and Karagoyunlu existed. Their name mean white sheep and black sheep. But it is not true. Usually they put goches on the graves of heroes. In those times there were two characters Aries and wolf. The Aries symbolized herding peoples, and the wolf symbolized of cunning and clever warrior. These characters appeared even on the flags”.

In Tekali I saw a goch  in the middle of a clearing. It was a rough piece of stone.The  horns on it’s head were decorated outstandingly. Despite how primitive the work, the sculpture tells you the power and tranquility emanating from the depths of time.

But as it turned out there was not only a goch in Tekali. Near the village there is an old cemetery. We went there with villager- Musa. There were gravestones with Arab inscriptions and designs. Musa went to a small heap of stones. "It's a goch. Someone broke in into pieces"-  he announced. Then, picking up a shapeless block of stone he added, "See, that's the head" He told us that a local man  with mental disabilities broke it.
It is difficult to know to whom to blame in this case. But if we lose the pieces of stories handed down to us, in the end we may lose ourselves.


Armen Vardanyan


Salman Mammedov

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