Friday, March 16, 2012

A Postcard from Tajikistan!

Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia. Afghanistan borders it to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east. Mountains cover over 90% of this Central Asian republic.

The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s. In 1929 Tajikistan was made one of the component republics of the Soviet Union – Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic (Tajik SSR) – and it kept that status until its independence in1991.

Tajikistan is the only former Soviet state with Islam as its official religion. During the course of seven decades of political control, Soviet policy makers were unable to eradicate the Islamic tradition.

(left) From a set of 4 stamp, wax figures
(right) From a set of 8 stamps: a copper water pot from the 19th century


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