Yurt, Shangiraq, Circle of Life,

The opening at the top of a Kazakh yurt is called a Shangiraq. It functions by holding the yurt together, but also symbolizes the hearth of the home and the wheel of the sun.

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Shangiraq

The opening at the top of a Kazakh yurt is called a Shangiraq. The circle represents the circle of life and the cross marks the cardinal points.

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