Goths in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is just north of Iran and just south of cool.

The flag of Turkmenistan has a timely piece about goths in Turkmenistan.

In it the author interviews Maxim, a young member of Ashgabat’s goth subculture.   (Ashgabat is the capital and largest city in Turkmenistan.)  According to the article, there are about 18 goths in Turkmenistan.

The whole idea of there being any goths in Turkmenistan is crazy.

Here’s why.  Turkmenistan is about 90-95 percent muslim.  From 1985-2006, the country was ruled by President for life,  Saprmurat Niyazov.  President Niyazov helped the country break away from Russia in 1991.  After independence, President Niyazov worked to make the country more Turkmen-like.  Part of this pro-Turkmen campaign included banning the opera and the circus because they were insufficiently Turkmen.  And everyone knows — if  opera and circuses are not allowed, goths probably aren’t welcome either.  But since President Niyazov’s death, the country has loosened up a bit.  Still though, it looks like a challenging place to identify oneself as goth.  Goth is a lot of different things to a lot of different people; but it is probably is not sufficiently Turkmen.

One interesting thing from the interview with Maxim is that the goths in Turkmenistan seem to think that U2 is goth.  The strange thing is that so does Pandora.  Seriously, try listening to the Cure as a station on Pandora.  A U2 song will play within the first three songs every time.

The most disappointing part of the article is that it doesn’t include a single picture of Maxim and his goth friends.  Nor, does the article really get into their ideas on fashion.  One can only hope that this topic will be explored more by Newseurasia in a follow up piece.

Tiny Top Hat Tip:  Christian P.


~ by siouxsielaw on January 25, 2011.

One Response to “Goths in Turkmenistan”

  1. great story.

    And, spot-on with Pandora. I plugged in some Qntal and Nosdoroma, and it keeps pumping out Evanescence. /sadface

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