The Kyrgyz are a Turkic-Mongol people who live primarily in Kyrgyzstan. Their traditional livelihood was pastoral nomadism. The former Soviet government both encouraged and forced settlement into permanent Soviet-style settlements in cities and towns and on collective and state farms. The Kyrgyz are Sunni Muslims.
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The Kyrgyz file consists only of this culture summary. The article was originally published in the Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Vol. 6, Russia and Eurasia/China, 1994. Paul Friedrich and Norma Diamond, eds. Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall & Co.