The country of the South Caucasus has several regions, such as Lankaran and Nagorno-Karabakh, which are known to produce inhabitants who live up to three digits of age. However, another Relik is said to be most concentrated in people over the age of 100.
In this emerald land above the clouds of the Talish Mountains, people seem to have discovered the secrets of a long and healthy life, looping through winding roads one after another.
Built in 1991 and refurbished in 2010, the two-room Longevity Museum has more than 2,000 exhibits recording the lives and memories of the region’s oldest inhabitants.
Graph individual lifespan with long-lasting household items such as 3rd generation irons. The chest has a headscarf and shirt, a silver pitcher and bowl, beautifully woven socks, and a hand-dyed rug that is still light in color, regardless of age.
And there are letters written in both Azerbaijani and Russian-the older personal artifacts are fading as the ink begins.
Perhaps the most fascinating feature is the portraits of people over the age of 100 covering the walls of the museum. These images are from the 1930s and were donated by the French photographer Frederic Lachop.
Museums and official Azerbaijani statistics define “people over 100” more loosely than you might expect. Here, it means a person over 90 years old.
However, in 1991, of the 63,000 population, there were more than 200 people in Relik, who were registered as over 100 years old.
Since then, the numbers that locals have various responsibilities for radiation from communication towers and environmental degradation are not so impressive, but could easily apply to stricter records management.
Today, of the 83,800 local population, there are 11 over 100 years old.
The story of a 168-year-old man
The current oldest citizen of Rerik is the 105-year-old Rajii Brahimova. It’s a great vintage, but it’s not as good as the age that the shepherd Silarim Sulmov, who is believed to be 168, has reached, celebrating the region’s most famous 100th anniversary.
The yellow page in his passport claims he was born in 1805, and his tombstone states that he died in 1973.
Unfortunately, in the early 19th century, birth registration was rarely done in remote villages like his hometown of Balzab, so there is no provable record of when he was born.
The myriad letters sent from around the world on his various birthdays undoubtedly that he was certainly a very good age, but perhaps considering a margin of error of at least 20 years. It’s the best.
Among the people who responded to Musulmov, Vietnam’s Communist Party leader Ho Chi Minh sent a postcard to greet him with the affection of “Dear Grandpa.”
This longevity gene seems to be carried out in the family. His 95-year-old daughter, Harima Cambarowa, may not be able to live to CNN Travel until the age of 168, like her father, but at least up to 150, like her grandfather, or 130, like her aunt. He said he wanted to live. ..
“Quietness of the heart”
Sitting by a window wrapped in a shawl, she speaks with a slight accent and often switches to her native language, Talysh. Talysh is a dialect spoken by only 200,000 people and classified by UNESCO as “vulnerable”.
She shows off her passport without a date of birth or date of birth. Only in 1924. Although she may be 95 years old, she is fully present, interacting with her great-grandchildren and showing a vibrant sense of humor. When asked about her age, she energetically answers “15”.
“The tranquility of the mind is part of their secret,” says the museum guide. “They are free from stress, think very philosophically about life, and live the day at a time without much planning or worry about the future.”
Good nutrition and natural remedies
Harima Cambarowa is 95 years old. Her grandfather is said to have lived to be 150, her father to 168, and her aunt to 130.
The day of Cambarowa begins at dawn. She doesn’t put her to sleep. “I wake up as soon as I open her eyes,” she says.
She works all day in the garden and around the house. Her room is small and her floor has thick soft carpets and pillows. Many people here prefer to sleep on the ground with only a thin blanket instead of a mattress. It is believed to be the healthiest way to rest your back.
Contrary to popular belief, people over the age of 100 in Rerik eat meat, but from the early 100-year-olds who refrained from meat, shore (cottage cheese), butter, milk and yogurt drinks. Inheriting the taste of fresh dairy products such as Ayran depends on economic conditions.
Qambarova’s daughter-in-law brings a large plate of pears and apples from the garden, and some aromatic tea.
Herbs, florals, and refreshing. Returning to the museum, the guide shows a table of various herbs native to Rerik.
“The secret to longevity is good nutrition, spring minerals, and herbs that you add to your tea to prevent illness, so people don’t have to take medicine and only use natural remedies,” says the guide. Indeed, Qambarova claims she has never taken medicine.
Beyond her window, the village may look quiet and quiet. However, the physical work that the villagers do every day is immeasurable. From sunrise to sunset, they work not only around the house, but also in the gardens and fields. They knit sewing and take care of large families.
That was the lifestyle of 103-year-old Manmadkan Abasov from the village of Janga Milan. Sitting on a carpet across the window, people over the age of 100 have almost completely lost sight and can hardly hear the boy telling him that a guest has arrived, but he finally does it. When caught, he begins to sing, praying and making good wishes.
On the side of Abasov is his great-grandson-the gap of the century between them.
Like Kambarowa, Abasov was a lifelong busy villager who worked in the fields until about seven years ago when his eyesight deteriorated.
“Whatever God gives”
“He has always been a good person and has lived a good life,” says his son.
When it comes to food, he eats “whatever God gives” with one restriction. That is, he never drinks alcohol.
Abasov attributed his longevity not to fatigue, but to daily physical activity sufficient to challenge the body.
He drank liters of icy cold spring water, rich in minerals, which is said to contribute to longevity, along with good nutrition from produce.
The altitude that induces mountain headaches can also be a factor.
The ages of these famous people over the age of 100 may still be contested, but here in Rerik, their heritage lives on through those who keep the simple secrets of Rerik’s longevity: physical activity. Say good nutrition, lots of water, and an attitude towards life: we live only once, but once we do it right, it’s enough.
Museum of Longevity, 22 A. Asadullayev street, Lerik, Azerbaijan; (025) 274-47-11