There, in steppe... A museum in village Beshalma that has based Dmitry Kara-Choban. Away from a city with its vanity and noise, away from a habitual way of life, away from importunate everyday life. Ahead Budjak, with its silvery feather grass, rare wells, it is lazy going sheep. Ahead Beshalma - essence Gagauz, its people in Republic of Moldova. Remember, how in a fairy tale: the Life is hidden on a needle tip, a needle in a duck, a duck in a hare? Here all is easier: not the life - soul гагаузского the people is placed in some rooms of a rural museum. It you feel at once, just coming nearer to a modest small house nearby to rural church and school. Pure paths, beds, a sculpture at an input. Who it? The museum founder, its true guard, the national writer and the poet, the sculptor and playwright Dmitry Kara-Choban. It sits slightly having bent as though all troubles of the people, all heavy thoughts do not allow to it to straighten is proud a back. But its sight is directed afar: Somewhere there, in the distance, sees he revival of spirituality and culture of the people, to what aspired all life.
Cool gloomy rooms do not start up the ruthless sun, store eternal twilight of mystery. Here everything is collected, that Dmitry Kara-Choban has had time to find in the long expeditions on villages native Гагаузии, everything, that has had time to create itself. It is rare there is so spiritualised person, the person ready literally of a word to put on an altar of art and health, and material welfare of a family, and even a life. Dmitry Kara-Choban was such. The arisen idea to collect by fragments all materials about occurrence and a life people of Gagauz in territory Budjak, has subordinated to itself all its thoughts. With котомкой behind shoulders it bypassed one behind another has sat down, came into houses as the child rejoiced to each find. When did not wish to give free of charge turned out pockets and definitively undermined the family budget. The wife was indignant - after all two children grew. But in the answer one was heard only: «That you, same for a museum!».
And while scientists conducted disputes on an origin гагаузов, this tireless romanticist pestered and collected, collected exhibits. In a museum all rooms are now filled, something is in storehouses. Beginning from ancient photos the exposition proceeds the recreated interior ancient gagauz at home. House utensils, agricultural tools, distaffs and samples of carpets. And in the next hall - later period, the XX-th century beginning - in a life prosperous гагаузов has appeared a record player, beds «with шишечками». Further - the dummies dressed in national гагаузскую clothes. By the way for them itself the wife of the poet - Zynaida already endowed. For the lack of means, dummies could not get. Here also has thought up Dmitry Nikolaevich to pour wax over the wife, and a mould to use for dummy manufacturing. It was hot, but suffered - understood and loved the husband, it was ready to go on much for the sake of its aspirations.
And if to ask properly, keepers of a museum will show you Dmitry Kara-Chobana's films. We will not discuss director's skill - films acted in film, that for descendants to keep traditions of the people, ceremonies and customs. The old film crackles, coughs a decrepit film projector, and on the screen wedding in all its magnificence is developed гагаузская. That now - the REGISTRY OFFICE, champagne, restaurant... Still half a century ago wedding walked all village, yes it is not simple so, and observance of all rules. Both the bride got up, and the groom met, and for the second day on bow to parents went - all has been painted on the minutes, each ceremony was original оберегом, pledge of the future happiness. And now all this magnificence to see it is possible only on old films in a museum - thanks the director, the actor and the operator the Penalty-chobanu.
Central part Beshalma is located on a hill, will come for a museum, and the sight free slides on steppe. Somewhere there, an unknown bird the soul of the poet - voices national, the keeper of history gagauz, last romanticist of the left century … flies also.
photo by Valerii Corcimari