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Central Asian Gypsy Circumcision Party
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
09 Mar 2015

Photos and Text by Timur Karpov/Transterra Media

The Mugat are an ancient nomadic people living in Central Asia. Also known as the "Central Asian Gypsies", their lifestyle is similar to European Roma: they live in camps, migrate across countries, and begand recycle garbage for money. Many people in Uzbekistsan, a country with a significant Mugat population, believe the Mugat have magic powers and know secret curses.

Usually the Mugat never let cameramen inside their community and are warey of outsiders. This Mugat ceremony, called "Khatna-tuy", took place in a small city of Parkent, Uzbekistan. Mugat people from camps around Parkent gathered together to celebrate the circumcision of one of the boys from the community. As an Islamic people, circumcision is one of the most important events in the life of a Mugat man. On the day of his ceremony, he receives money and gifts from community, while guests enjoy cheap vodka, bowls of meat, and dancing.

These photos provide an inside look at the rituals of one of the most secretive peoples in one of the world's most secretive states. 

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Cairo by TokTok (20 of 26)
shubra el khaymah, Egypt
By Teo Butturini
24 Mar 2013

A driver parks his toktok in front of a café, in the streets of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo Egypt). Owners are constantly keeping an eye on their vehicles, as they are their only source of income, and theft is common.

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Cairo By TokTok (22 of 26)
Shubra el khaymah, Egypt
By Teo Butturini
24 Mar 2013

A man is seen in the shadows, sitting in the front seat of a toktok in Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). Local residents complain that there are no policemen patroling the streets, and toktok drivers often take a friend with them when working at night.

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Cairo by TokTok (10 of 26)
shubra el khaymah, Egypt
By Teo Butturini
22 Mar 2013

A view from inside a toktok in Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). Some drivers own their own vehicle, while others rent the same one every day until they can afford to buy it, but everyone adds their personal touch: mirrors, stickers, lights, and other accessories.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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Destruction of Drugs on the Internati...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
26 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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DESTRUCTION OF DRUGS IN KARACHI, PAKI...
Karachi, Pakistan
By Mais Istanbuli
25 Jan 2013

26 January is celebrated all over the world as International Custom Day under the umbrella of WORLD CUSTOM ORGANIZATION in Karachi, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
Huge quantity of Narcotics and other contraband good were torched by Custom Officials and different Ambassadors at Neelum Point, Karachi, Pakistan.

Details of destruction of good are as follows:-

1) Heroin 200 Kg
2) Weed 4850 Kg
3) Bear 132 Canes
4) Gutka 451 Cartons
5) Liquor 650 Bottles.

Representatives of different embassies, High Officials of Cost guards, Anti Narcotics Force and Large number of Custom officers witnessed the destruction.

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The Royal Religious Procession of Mah...
Allahabad, Utter Pradesh, India
By newspoint
12 Jan 2013

A Most anticipated event, Maha Kumbh Mela (Fair) 2013, happens only once in 12 years as the first akhara in the series of 13 of Sanatan dharma. Panch Dasnam Juna Akhara and Maha Nirvani Akhara made an official entry into the city led by two Shankaracharyas and 40 Maha Mandaleshwars.

Maha Nirvani Akhara Group reaches Kumbh area in a traditional way. Pious Ramta Panch and Pious Acharya Maha Mandleshwar has entered too with a religious saffron flag.

With his pupils Acharya Maha Mandleshwar reached the Maha Kumbh Area among a royal procession. He sits on silver throne.

Maha Nirwani Akhara participates with Maha Mandleshwar Alkhpuri Ji Maharaj and his pupils.

Australian based Maha Mandleshwar Jasraj Puri, the pupil of Maheshwarnand also participated.

News Agency: News Point TV 
Shooting Location: Allhabad, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA) 
Publishing Time: 11th January, 2013
Length: 4:51
Video Size: 59.2 MB
Language: Hindi 


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Juna Akhara Makes 'Shahi Bhoomi Pujan...
Allhabad, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA)
By newspoint
01 Dec 2012

It was an event awaited by all as it happens only once in 12 years as the first akhara in the series of 13 of Sanatan dharma Panch Dasnam Juna Akhara made an official entry into the city led by two Shankaracharyas and 40 Maha Mandaleshwars. Truly a historic occasion, given the fact that the occasion was the most auspicious.
Kumbh Mela (Fair) is the largest gathering of people for a religious purpose in the world. Millions of people gather on different places for this auspicious occasion. Kumbha is a Sanskrit word for Pitcher, sometimes referred to as the Kalasha.
According to astrologers, the 'Kumbh Mela Fair' takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. Kumbh (Kumbha means pot) Mela (means fair) is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage. In 2013 from 27th January the Purna Kumbh Mela will be held on Allahabad which occurs after every 12th years.
Byte - Hari Giri, Pious , Juna Akhara
“Kumbh Mela (Fair ) will start its time. It was the first worship of the Kumbh. It is called the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ (land worship ). I am fully satisfied with the arrangements”. News Agency: News Point TV
Shooting Location: Allhabad, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA)
Publishing Time: 1st December, 2012
Length: 4:00
Video Size: 123.2 MB
Language: Hindi
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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 01
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

While dancing, Mugat wedding attendees put money in each other's headdresses. The money is meant to symbolize wealth. The tradition is an adaptation of a local Uzbek custom of throwing money at the dancers as a gift and allowing the children to collect the money. However, the Mugat are cautious of thieves and prefer to put the money directly into another person's headdress.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 02
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Guests also brings presents to the boy who is being circumcised. The gifts can be clothes, toys or just money.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 03
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

The 9 year old boy who will be circumcised. The age of circumcision varies, but is usually performed before the boy hits puberty. The primary determining factor is the family's ability to gather money for the ceremony. Mugat tradition forbids photographing of the actual circumcision.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 04
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Cars parked in front of the place of ceremony. Mugat are known for driving old Soviet cars, like those pictured here.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 05
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

However, the poverty of Mugat society means that most cannot afford cars and many still use donkeys.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 07
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Mugat children, including the boy to be circumcised stand in front of a Soviet era monument to fallen soldiers.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 06
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Relatives of the boy to be circumcized arriving at the ceremony

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 07
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

The boy's parents have to arrange the help of all of their relatives and friends in order to help feed the approximately 200 guests.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 08
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Photos of dead relatives are placed above a carpet depicting the Kabaa in Mecca. This is done as a sign of respect to the dead relatives.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 09
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Twin sisters. Their parents rented dresses for them for the ceremony.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 11
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Mugat love to decorate their houses with cheap Chinese landscape pictures.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 12
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Chickens and watermelons are very cheap and a common staple of any meal in Uzbekistan

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 14
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

According to tradition, every family at the ceremony will receive a dish full of fresh meat and a bottle of vodka. Despite the fact that the Mugat are Muslims, alcohol, and especially vodka is an accepted legacy of heavy Russian influence in the region.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 15
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Fresh meat and vodka are very desirable products for Mugat, symbolizing prosperity. Guests will take this meat home.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 17
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Like Roma gypsies, gold teeth are common fashion for the Mugat. The gun pictured in this photo is a toy gun intended as a gift for the boy being circumcised. Guns are strictly forbidden in Uzbekistan.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 18
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

Teenage Mugat girls enjoy their time at the ceremony. Most ethnologists believe the Mugat have Indian origins, causing many to draw parallels between the Mugat and the Roma gypsies of Europe. The comparison is not based solely on ethnicity, but also on lifestyle. The Mugat, like the Roma Gypsies, live on the fringes of society and have strong and insular communities.