The Culture, Traditions, and Heritage of Tajikistan
Tajikistan has a distinctive culture attributed to its rich historical past. Amazingly, its native cultural aspects have been preserved thereby defying time and other circumstances. This simply reflects the genuine cultural commitment of Tajik communities that opt to live the way their forefathers did.
Soviet invasion has tested ethnic cultural devotion of the inhabitants. For several years, the colonial empire introduced promotion of western lifestyle hence the introduction of ballet dancing and musical opera in the Tajik’s performing arts. After such colonial rule though, the natives decided to revert back to their old way of living. No wonder, priced social facets such as language, dress, and customs have retained its traditional guise up to the present.
Even the world cannot blame them from such resistance due to the superior cultural roots of the nation that dates back from the Aryan civilization and sustained by the succeeding generations. As early as 874-1005 AD the Tajik civilization has reached its Golden Age in the reign of the Samanids. During this period, the territory has been the cradle of natural and social sciences development in the Central Asia.
Upholding to the rich culture of the past are the archaeological artifacts which have proven the artistry of ancient Tajiks. Art forms such as paintings, sculptures, and other structures which are believed to have originated in the 7th and 8th centuries were found in excavation efforts proximate to Penjikent City. Other artifacts readily accessible are old mosques along with their grandiose wall paintings that depict ancestral architecture.