Determining a safe place for a yurt, the following rituals were performed:
1) with a silver coin tied to a string people walked around the future place of the yurt following the movement of the sun. If the coin did not swing, it was considered a safe place;
2) the cauldron made of cast iron was thrown to the ground. If after a while a spider wove a web there, this meant that the place was calm, favorable;
3) the dishes with water were put on the ground. If after a while on the surface of the water there is a lot of garbage, dry leaves, then the place was considered unfavorable;
4) if a bull, digging the ground with a hoof, could get to a water source, then this place was also considered good.
Traditionally yurts were set up near springs, rivers and clean ponds. Until now the expression «kotlo er» is used in the language – it means «a prosperous land». Similar expression «kalkiu uryn» means «an elevated place». So, the place was considered to be the most preferred for a yurt, since it was dry and warm.
There was a custom of sacrifice to the first fire lit in the hearth of the yurt: usually people threw pieces of fat, meat into the fire and wished prosperity, peace to the family and all relatives. The first smoke from a yurt (in ancient times a fire was made in a hearth inside a yurt) was always noted for goodness, prosperity and peace, and the first guests who came to the house brought kelse (flatbreads baked in hot ash).
At the birth of the first child people made a notch on the main frame of the yurt, saying: «Agas bagan – tirmege, bakyr bagan – mine!» (in Bashkir means: «A tree pillar – for the yurt, a copper pillar – for me!»).
At the same time it was forbidden to install yurts in places of floods, fires, various disasters and misfortunes. According to beliefs, evil, demonic creatures (orek, kurgylyk, renjeu, yamanzat, meskey) could live there. It was also forbidden to install a yurt near the road. The road was considered a tense space and belonging to the sphere of dwelling of various demonic beings, spirits, etc.