What is Kamcha and how is it created?

Since ancient times, the main means of transportation of the Kyrgyz was a horse. Therefore, a whip, or kamcha, has become a mandatory attribute in each house. It was hung on the male half of the yurt above the threshold.

Kamcha was considered the personification of power and was passed on from a father to a son. A whip of the leader, among other things, symbolized his responsibility to the people.

In Kyrgyz society, it is commonly believed that all human actions have a certain meaning, which is understandable without words. Kamcha, for example, characterized a person in a certain way, and the owner of the yurt knew in advance how to treat him. If the guest hung his whip on the saddle of the horse, it meant that he was in a hurry and would leave soon, and if he hung it on in a yurt, then this person planned to stay longer. If a man folded the whip in half, the host understood that he came with some news. And if a whip was dragged on the ground, that meant a hostile attitude.

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