National Geographic : 1936 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE KIRGHIZ HEADQUARTERS RESEMBLE AN OLD-FASHIONED WYOMING RANCH Except for the rider and strange saddles, these log cabins and riding horses might be located on the other side of the world. A jolly Tungan, Foo Ben Yee, keeps a store in the center building. After treating his customers to tea and "rock candy"-stale melted sugar-the old fellow displays his wares: tobacco, soap (it takes a sheep to buy four cakes), candles made from sheep-tail fat, paper, and safety pins. NO ONE RISES TO LEAVE UNTIL A BLESSING HAS BEEN SAID Moslems, like Christians, say grace at the family board. In the household of Sayjan Beg, here dining with kith and kin, no meal is complete without a cup of tea. The family uses modern spoons, and heats water for the beverage in a tall metal samovar, such as those used in Russia. Piled against the back wall of the yurt are dozens of heavy quilts to make beds for the guests.