CHHU Public Lecture, Dushanbe: Complex of Tajik National Holidays in the Mirror of History
December 16th 2019, 11:00 am
Dr. Larisa Dodkhudoeva
Head of the Department of Ethnography at the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan
The three main Tajik national holidays, Sada, Navruz and Mehrgon, are a manifestation of the pre-Islamic culture of the Iranian peoples, and their nature is determined through a number of inherent value orientations. In fact, these sacred holidays accompany the history of Tajiks in Central Asia from its very origins, and contribute to important new values today. Traditionally, the Sada festival is regarded as the “Festival of Fire", and its symbol has always been the Sun. March is associated with the great festival of Navruz (a new day, i.e. March 21-22, the day of the vernal equinox), and Mehrgon (September 21-23) coincides with the autumn equinox.
The lecture will discuss the modern aesthetic and social interpretations of traditional Tajik holidays. Dr. Larisa Dodkhudoeva will also present the findings of a study made by the research group of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan. The study is based on a number of historical sources and includes old and new ethnographic materials, collected during various ethnographic expeditions in Tajikistan.
Dr. Larisa Dodkhudoeva is an art historian, born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Her research covers Tajik and Islamic art and culture. She graduated from the Repin Institute in Leningrad (Russia) in 1970. She earned a doctorate in Islamic culture from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and a doctorate in history, from the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Tajikistan Academy of Sciences. Currently she is the head of the ethnographic department at the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Tajikistan Academy of Sciences.
Throughout her career, Dr. Dodkhudoeva has received recognition from numerous international institutions including: a certificate from the University of Nebraska for her involvement in peace and reconciliation in Tajikistan, and an award from the Central European University for her cultural work. She is also known as one of the authors of the national flag and emblem of Republic of Tajikistan.
University of Central Asia
Aga Khan Humanities Project
47A Druzhba Narodov Avenue, Room #101
The lecture will be delivered in Russian.
Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.