According to the State News Agency of Turkmenistan during the September 13 extended Cabinet session, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov informed about the publication of his new book on the Turkmen Alabay dog.
An enormous amount of research work has been usefully summarized in the new work, which is a welcome addition to the collection of books written by the head of state on what is a source of pride for the Turkmen nation. Historical experience and traditions form a secure foundation for growth and progress, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes.
Not only does the book ‘Türkmen Alabaýy’ tells about the origins and development of the well-known dog breed, one of the oldest breeds in the world, but also investigates a cultural phenomenon of the Turkmen alabay that takes its rightful place among the national symbols stretching back over the centuries, such as the Akhalteke horse, Turkmen carpet and Turkmen melon.
On August 14, 2019 the new book - Turkmen Alabay - was presented in Ashgabat. The presentation brought together heads of ministries and departments, cultural workers, artists, representatives of the general public and the mass media of Turkmenistan.
The presentation participants noted the importance of the head of state’s new work in popularizing the historical and cultural heritage of the Turkmen people. The book is about the Turkmen shepherd dog. It contains interesting facts about characteristics of the breed, historical data, archaeological information, as well as examples of the folklore depiction of Alabay. The presentation ceremony also included the premiere of the song “Turkmen Alabay” on the verses by Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and a short video about this breed of dogs.