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

15. The Altai Heroic Epics: Ochi-Bala. Khan-Altyn

Recording by Z. S. Kazagacheva and S. M. Katashev. Text translation, articles on storytellers, notes, commentaries, glossary, indexes of names and toponyms by Z. S. Kazagacheva. Introductory article by S. M. Katasheva. Musicological article and musical scores by Yu. I. Sheikin and V. S. Nikiforova.—Novosibirsk: Nauka. Siberian Firm of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1997.—668 pages.

The book contains two tales published in their natural mode of narration as recorded from contemporary storytellers of the Altai. These tales are “Ochi-Bala”, performed by the famous kaichi A. Kalkin with preservation of the ancient form of musical narration known as kai and “Kan-Altyn”, performed by T. Chachiyakov in the manner of traditional intoned rechitative.

Both tales exist in multiple recordings made at different times. Including these variants helps give a fuller representation of folkloric texts and trace their preservation in time as well as the transfer of the knowledge of the epic tradition from one generation to the next. This method of publishing the text of an epic is followed here for the first time.

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