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This is a traditional Kyrgyz grave near Lake Issyk-Kul, in Eastern Kyrgyzstan. Graves and natural springs are holy places to the Kyrgyz people. Cemeteries stand out on hilltops, and graves are marked with elaborate buildings made of mud, brick, or wrought iron. Visitors say prayers and mark the graves of holy people or martyrs with small pieces of cloth tied to the surrounding bushes.

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