Singing the Kyrgyz Manas

Singing the Kyrgyz Manas

Saparbek Kasmambetov's Recitations of Epic Poetry

eBook - 2011
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Brill USA
Today, the Kyrgyz Manas is one of the most celebrated epic heroic poems in the world. At the turn of the new millennium it was appointed a UNESCO ‘Masterpiece in the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Mankind’, signalling its global significance.In contrast to previously published material, this book focuses on one septegenarian contemporary performer, Saparbek Kasmambetov who inherited the oral tradition of his culture, adding details and other elements to his storytelling, as he saw fit. Consequently, the volume does not offer a literal translation in poetic form, but is presented as a story – as originally intended; the contextual/historical account situates Soviet/Kyrgyz with Western accounts of Manas and other epic heroic poetry.

Publisher: Folkestone, Kent : Global Oriental, 2011
ISBN: 9789004218048
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 150 pages, [7] pages of plates) : color illustrations


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