The Kyrgyz people are a mix of the clans who migrated from the banks of the Siberian Yenisei River, with Mongols and smaller tribes whom they absorbed over the centuries.
Agriculture in Kyrgyzstan is a significant sector of the economy. According to the CIA World Factbook, it comprises 35.3% of the total GDP and occupies 55% of the total labor force. Only 7.5% of the total land area is used for crop cultivation, but 44% of the land is used as pastures for livestock.
National cuisine in Kyrgyzstan is especially rich and diverse. It has been developed throughout the history of Kyrgyz people and collected the most delicious dishes and beverages from the period of nomadic life, and dishes of neighboring nations in the region as well.
Islam was introduced to the Kyrgyz tribes between the ninth and twelfth centuries. The most intense exposure to Islam occurred in the seventeenth century, when the Jungars drove the Kyrgyz of the Tian Shan region into the Fergana Valley, whose population was totally Islamic.
Perhaps one of the oldest forms of religion in the world, Shamanism arrived in Kyrgyzstan with the earliest invaders from Siberia. An essential feature of Shamanism is a belief in spirits which inhabit all living things, and which can live in men, animals, trees, and even in mountains. Ordinarily, normal mortals cannot enter the spirit world - but the shaman (a sort of cross between a medicine man and prophet, attempts to communicate with the spirits by entering into a trance.