Ulug Khurtuyah Tas
Ulug Khurtuyakh tas – the Big stone Grandmother is one of the most esteemed stone statues in the Republic of Khakassia. It was made in the III-II millennium B.C. (Bronze Age). The menhir had protecting and medical functions. People believed that the stela protected women and children, promoted recovery and rehabilitation of reproductive function.
According to a legend, Khurtuyakh tas was the wife of the famous warrior named Sartakpay. During civil strife Sartakpay blocked the way of enemies trying to hold them. He ordered his wife to take their son and run without turning around. Khurtuyakh crossed the Abakan River, but her son drowned. Woman broke the promise and turned back to look at her son. At the same breath she had turned into a stone.
During the development of virgin steppe lands in the 1960-s the menhire had become a part of the Khakas museum of the local lore funds. However, in the 2000-s the publicity of the Khakas Republic initiated the law which demanded to return the statue to its original place (the Ankakov village of the Askizsky district). Here the open-air museum «Khurtuyah Tas» was founded and now this sacred place is the object of ethnographical and archaeological tourism.