Gold-leaf Alabai | Turkmenistan president unveils 6-meter tall statue of a dog

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    A dog is man’s best friend, but it seems one particular breed is the Turkmen’s pedigree chum. Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has unveiled a statue to the Alabai – a type of sheepdog beloved of the nation’s people. While someone suspected of a crime might hope for a cast-iron alibi, Berdymukhamedov gifted his country, ahem, a gold-leaf Alabai – one that’s six meters high and stood upon a nine-meter pedestal housing a video screen. The screen, obviously, shows overwhelmingly cute footage of Alabais. Berdymukhamedov made a song and dance of the unveiling in the nation’s capital, Ashgabat – literally. The ceremony contained both forms of entertainment, plus an old man handing an Alabai puppy to a young boy – an act most of us are told to be wary of. The secretive former Soviet state has form with animal tributes. One of its most famous landmarks is a fountain surrounding sculptures of the Akhal-Teke breed of horse. But there’s no need for animal rivalry. In his book on Alabai, published last year, Berdymukhamedov said the Turkmen’s ancestors had seen ‘in the Akhal-Teke their dreams and in the Alabai their happiness.’

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    Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by the Caspian Sea and largely covered by the Karakum Desert. It’s known for archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, major stops along the ancient trade route the Silk Road. Ashgabat, the capital, was rebuilt in Soviet style in the mid-20th century and is filled with grand monuments honoring former president Saparmurat Niyazov.

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