Friday, June 01, 2007

Three Guyums...

I do not know how the jars or vessels that you see on this picture are called in English.

What you see is called “seheng” in Azerbaijani and also “guyum” in Sheki.

I am touching a linguistic subject here. The thing is that Sheki has a dialect which is very distinctive; many words are pronounced differently or have unique substitutes. It is the same case with these words…

Copper made guyums (I will stick to the dialect since I am from Sheki :) were used in the past to carry water from the springs home. They are very heavy (when empty (!) they weight between 5-10 kg) but very gracefully looking if I may say so. Women would hang them on their shoulder or even put it on their shoulder and bring the water home…young men would hide and watch young girls going to spring and elegantly carrying water in guyums. We have many folklore songs and poems on this romantic theme…

This is the photo of a fountain called “Three Guyums” located at “Gyshlag” area of Sheki. “Gyshlag” means a place to spend the winter. It comes from the past…As Gyshlag area is not high on the mountain but at its bottom it was warmer to spend the winter there i.e. at the bottom of the mountain…therefore people did so and called the area “gyshlag”.

The ornament that you might notice on guyums is called “buta” which means the universe…you can come across this ornament in many oriental works…buta is widely used in carpet weaving and in general in all arts in Azerbaijan…

You can see some posters in the background…market economy :)…I don’t like this mixture but I guess this is the demand of the reality…
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5 comments:

PaB said...

It is the 1st I visit your DP blog and your explanations are really interesting.
It is like a travel for me ;)

Ayten said...

Thank you, pab :)

Saifullah Solenkhi said...

Congratulations !!! for your achievement of acceptance, that’s the biggest reward anyone gets for their effort. I in particularly enjoy your blog cause the history in our part of the world came from yours. I did visit India; historic places thinking that it is the center place which reflects the historic events in Bengal. Also knowing the influence of the western Asia on the sub-continent of India but never thought much about it. Curiosity awoke only after reading your blog, Insha Allah shall visit in near future. Once again Congratulation and thanks, reading your blog is like a virtual tour

Ayten said...

You are welcome, Saifullah. :) and thank you very much for your kind words and support.

Ayten

julia said...

Another name could be 'urn' but the water vessels are unique in size and shape to me; you must be glad you dont have to carry them, many places are very short of water around our state, no rain.