DEAD SNOW: The great Turkmen thinker and poet Magtymguly Pyragy was born in Iran’s Turkmen Sahra in the village of Aji Ghowshon 278 years ago. His works had not just been confined to bestowing the most profound poems to his people, he also brought up the biggest problems of Turkmens into discussion and yielded deep thoughts and proper remedies.
Magtymguly is the father of the modern Turkmen literature and a symbol of resistance and freedom for Turkmens. He has written on a variety of themes – mystical, lyrical, religious, social, patriotic and others which make his poems attract various strata among the Turkmens and other peoples.
What’s more, there are thousands of valuable political, social, ethical and philosophical sayings in Magtymguly’s poems. Taking into account classical literature of Turkic nations, Vasily Bartold, the famous Russian expert on the East, states in his researches that, it is only Turkmen people who have a great national poet as Magtymguly among Turkic nations.
He frequently criticized rulers and many religious figures for their exploitation of the poor and their mockery of justice.
It is symbolic that during the Magtymguly’s annual anniversary, Turkmenistan also marks Day of Constitution. According to the main law of the country, the people of Turkmenistan build their future and that of their children on this day. This coincidence is not accidental. In his writings, Magtymguly as well as the famous Dowletmamet Azadi, his father and thinker, always dreamed about Turkmen tribes’ unity and the Turkmen state.
” Teke, Yomut, Köklen, Yazyr, Alili, may we be the subjects of a single state”,.
Magtymguly’s collection of poems is not Saparmurad Niyazov’s Ruhnama, it is not the essays by the religious mullahs and the so-called religious “scholars”. Magtymguly’s collection of poems is in the heart of the public like the works of Hafez, Goethe and Pushkin.
Turkmens see their history, the persecution committed against them and their goals of freedom in Magtymguly. It is for those reasons that his magnificence and high esteem among Turkmens grow further progressively.