Photographer's Note

The Jeti-Oguz Rock (Seven Bulls Rock) is a geological protected area (nature monument) located in Jeti-Qguz District of Issyk-Kul Province of Kyrgyzstan. It was established in 1975 with a purpose of conservation of a unique geological formation-sheer cliffs composed of tertiary red conglomerates. The name derives from the rock formation's resemblance to seven bulls and a legend about a Khan's unfaithful wife.

The legend says that long time ago two noble and powerful khans ruled the area. One khan was particularly greedy, and he stole his neighbor's beautiful wife. The other khan declared war and demanded his wife to be returned back to him. The evil khan decided to kill the woman and return her dead body to the husband-this way wife will be returned to him, but he will never have her. Before killing the woman, the evil khan arranged a grand memorial feast in the mountains. Seven red bulls were killed to prepare a meal for the revelers. When the seven bulls was slain, the evil khan stabbed the woman in the heart. Hot crimson blood gushed from her wound and painted the mountains red. Together with a blood, boiling water started flowing out of the woman's body, flooding the valley and exterminating all the guests and all the relatives of the murderous khan. Waves of the boiling water carried the bulls' body away into the valley, where they lay until now.

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