Tapsaachi haya (“Talking rock”) is a sacred ancestral location for the Khakas people, as well as an entire complex of mythology, culture, and history. It was a place of spiritual and sacred attraction for many people living nearby.
Mountain sacrifices were made there as well. At the sacrificial ceremonies, Khakas would ask for protection against disasters, reinforcement of the life force of the tribe, and well-being of their livestock from the spirits of the mountains. Livestock was the basis of Khakas’ wealth.
Tapsaachi haya has also served and continues to serve as a meeting location for the elders who make important decisions in regard to the future of the people.