Parpiata cemetery – a sacred place of worship of local population. It is located in 4 km to the West from the ancient settlement of Imlak (in 10-11 km to the East from Almalyk). Actually there is no cemetery object of reverence has been considered a separate rock formed in the rocky off spur of the slit. Some scientists considered that Paleozoic limestone layer slided down to the river and was fancifully blurred in the form of a crack between a spur and the rock column of irregular shape.
This very rock was called Parpi ota. It was believed that a visit to this place helps in healing of various ailments, in particular manifestation of the rabies by the bite of a rabid animal or in the treatment of infertility. Certainly, initially the pilgrimage had to be committed then it was necessary to squeeze into a crack of a sacred stone (Parpi ota) for three times. Cemetery enjoyed wide popularity and reverence among the local population. Erstwhile experts noted that the cult of the Parpi ata Cemetery had been maintained by Sheikhs from the nearby settlement Avliyo ota – the Holy Elder (presently the village Kuyun).
There is no slit there nowadays and the rock was blown up in years of militant atheism in 1983.
For many pilgrims from neighboring villages a new object of devotion – so-called “Gumbaz” was created there in the middle of which a stone rock was put.
Around the stone a detour is usually made while at the rocks pimika is lit to exude Incense, prayers are said and pleas are addressed tothe Saint A number of cult actions is made also further at the bottom of the rocky ridge and approximately in 100 meters to the North from it, at a source of ground waters where some drink this water, some get into water or gather water for ablution.
A certain popularity of Saint Parpi ata is also evidenced by the existence of other places of worship connected with the name of the Saint. So in Tashkent region another holy place is known dedicated to Parpi ata which is located on the shore of Parpisay, tributary of Kurusu river, south to the town of Krasnogorsk. Another cemetery named after Parpi ata is located in Jizzakh region.
One of the oldest holy places in the area. Paleozoic limestone with a hole through which childless women squeezed in a hope to get offspring.
Cult goes back to the early days of the oldest magical conscious of by imaginary rebirth a woman finds a new life deceiving accordingly her original destiny.