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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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There is a Will, There is a Way
Karachi, Pakistan
By Syed Yasir Iqbal Kazmi
15 Jun 2013

Nowadays Karachi is under the Heat waves of Summer and the afternoons are hotter than expectations, average 37 degree centigrade with the humidity of 44%.
Some of the gypsy families living in Karachi made there own ways for living in Hot weather condition like they used to use in their villages but with the help of sewerage water under the bridge and feeding their animals, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.