The Baiterek town in the center of Kazakhstan is a reference to an ancient Kazakh myth about the origins of good and evil. In the myth, the Baiterek is the tree of life. A sacred bird, the Samruk, lays its golden egg high in the tree's branches. The golden egg is the sun, the giver of life and hope. Meanwhile, deep below ground a giant evil dragon, Aydahar, is gnawing at the roots of the tree of life in order to topple the tree and eat the egg. The conflict between the egg (light and hope) versus the dragon (darkness and evil) are a metaphor for the struggle between good and evil in the world.