Mausoleum of Mashkhur-Zhussip Kopeyuly

The mausoleum was built for Mashkhur-Zhussip Kopeyuly who was Kazakh poet, historian, ethnographer, chronicler and collector of folklore heritage.

It is of the sacred places in the Pavlodar region. Poetry songs of ancient times written by Bukhar Zhyrau reached the people because of the Mashkhur-Zhussip’s work.

Zhussip Kopeyuly, who could read in Arabic since childhood, grew up reading Eastern Psalms.

Having mastered the Russian language and became acquainted with Western civilization, he wrote numerous works in the field of history, ethnology, folklore, literature, history of languages, ethnography, philosophy, medicine, cosmology.

Mashkhur-Zhussip was born in 1858 in the village of Naizasat in Kyzyltau in Bayanaul. In that year Shakarim Kudaiberdiyev was born in Chingistau. The real name of Mashkhur-Zhussip is Adam, which was given to him by reading the azan.

From the age of 7 he began to collect samples of folklore. At the age of fifteen, he embarks on the path of poetry. When Musa Shormanuly visited his village, he was impressed by the ability of a small child. The poet said to the boy’s father, «Sufi, from now on, put a feather on this boy’s headdress. Do not let maleficate him! Your boy will become a mashhur of his era!» Then the word Mashkhur was added to the name Zhusip. The ancestors of the scientist were not preachers of Islam and they were from Argyn of Middle zhuz. There are many stories about the last years of the life of Mashkhur-Zhussip Kopeyuly. The poet died in 1931 in the village where he was born. According to people, the poet had a gift of clairvoyance. A year before his death, he built himself a grave and organized the funeral and a commemoration while he was alive.

«I won’t die, yet I reach seventy three years old, and when I reach seventy-three, even if you ask me, I won’t get up. You will not have a funeral feast, because you will be starving», and these words were true. The famine of the 1930s was a real disaster, the tragedy of an entire nation of Kazakhstan.

This story was a legend among the people, and after the death the villagers began to honor Mashkhur-Zhussip, came to his grave to make pilgrimages and spent the night there. One of the signs of his holiness is that his body remained unchanged after his death. The works of Mashkhur-Zhussip Kopeyuly were published in the newspaper Tarzhiman. This publication was published by the Crimean Tartar Ismail bek Gasprinsky, the leading representative of the Muslim community.