On the right Bank of Chuya river, between the villages of Inja and Idro, on the rocks along the road almost continuously for 10 km one can see ancient rock paintings-petroglyphs.
Now the complex consists of about 5 thousand cave paintings from different eras: the late Neolithic and Eneolithic (late V-IV millennia BC), the Eneolithic-bronze age (III – early I Millennium BC), Scythian time (VIII—II centuries BC), Hun-Sarmatian time (II century BC-V century ad), the Turkic period (VI-X centuries ad).
Altai mountains : Ongudaysky district : the Tract kalbak Tash Rock asuncin plates rocky hills engraved thousands of drawings of figures of animals, people, hunting scenes. In most of the petroglyphs of the Neolithic are large figures of deer and goats. The largest group of paintings dates back to the Eneolithic-bronze; this includes stylized images of women (often next to the beast), chariots, and pack-oxen, drovers and warriors, fantastic predators and Pets. Petroglyphs of the Scythian period is represented by scenes of hunting deer, numerous animals — deer, goats, feline predators, wolves-dogs. On the petroglyphs of the ancient Turkic era depicted scenes of hunting, pictures of wild bulls and bears.
Here, on the territory of the monument there are 30 lines of unique runic inscriptions — and it has the largest concentration of runic text in Russia. They belong to the IX-X centuries to Understand what these labels will help the translations from I. L. Kyzlasova, here are some of them:
“Earth – eternal existence! Do good the physician-herbalist: the fivefold take the heat of devils of disease, blow, banish! Create grace! Land-Mobile!”
“Believe and be cleansed!”
“Found my Father, come down to me!”
“If the Land abides in sickness will disappear on the Eternal Earth dwelling creatures come to confusion”.
One of the most interesting plot is the group with the “tailed” people with semi-circular head education. Among them is the giant painted on the chest square that could represent the seat of the soul. Over the tailed people easy to see a huge beast with a toothy maw. According to one version, this monster was a devourer of souls, which cleansed them from the defilement before entering the upper world, the perception of the world of that culture. According to another version, the figure of the procession of people under the mythical beast represents a rite of passage of boys to men-warriors.
Kalbak-Tash was a sacred place for the people living here at different times. Solar symbols that are recognized by the petroglyphs, suggests that this place was used as an Observatory and as a Church.
Surprisingly, in addition to the symbolic drawings of animals and people in many drawings depicted objects, reminiscent of modern space ships with the capsule attached to the body at the top and large flames from below! Makes you wonder about what our ancestors were often witness the space flights.