THE KHAKAS TRADITIONAL POGHO
is one of the most important
parts of the Khakas traditional
women's attire named 'Pogho'. It has been inherited by my mother Valentina
Mamyshewa from my grandma Anastassia in order to leave for my sister
Aselia. About Poghos appearance there are a lot of hypotheses but according
to the most realistic one the genesis of Khakas traditional Pogho was based on
such view that this object has at starting point been used as an armour plate
protected a chest area of body by female warriors.
crescent form of Pogho is a cause which more hardens this hypothesis. Another
supportive pretext for that lies in the Khakas shamanism Kham Kirtinizi.
According to Kham Kirtinizi first kam (in similar form to Japanese Shin-to
Kami Way) was a woman because a woman was a guardian of sacred fire and a
continuator of family lineage. A Khakas woman has occupied an important place
and that feature has found itself reflection in a lot of heroic poems and epics
of Khakas folkloric verbal literature where national heroes protected own people
against external enemies have mostly been women.
Khakas Pogho is a specific chronological tale of life way of a Khakas familys
lineage since ancestors as far as to eternity. By reading the ornamental forms and
their compositions we can find out information on a character of our ancestors
life. Thus, thanks to Pogho there are maintained a bridge of continuity between
generations of the Khakas people.
NB: This Poghos slide has kindly been made in Khakas Republic and given me as a gift for remembrance by Sinan Anadol who is my close friend.