Institute of Philology of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

Sector of folklore

Monuments of Folklore of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East
Monuments of Folklore of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East
In Russian

12. The Tuvinian Heroic Epics

Tuvinian Heroic Epics: Khunan-Kara. Boktyg-Kirish, Bora-Sheeley

Composition, introductory article, text preparation, interlinear translation, commentaries and glossaries by S. M. Orus-ool. Editing of Tuvan texts by D. A. Mongush. Text translation and commentaries by A. V. Kudiyarov. Musicological article and musical scores by Z. K. Kyrgys. Editing of musical scores and audio verification by E. E. Alekseev.—Novosibirsk: Nauka. Siberian Publishing and Bookselling Firm, RAN, 1997.—584 pages.

This volume is a scholarly publication of the popular and widely known Tuvan folk epic tales “Khunan-Kara”, “Boktug-Kirish”, and “Bora-Shelei” as performed by the outstanding Tuvan storytellers O. Chanchy-Khoo and O. Mannaya. The text of the first tale, based on a recording made by the storyteller himself, is published here for the first time. The second tale was re-elicited based on an archived phonogram copy. The texts convey a vivid impression of traditional epic motifs, poetic and artistic techniques, plot varieties and images characteristic of Tuvan tales.

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