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

26. Myth, tales, and legends of the mansi (vogul)

Text preparation, translation, introductory article, commentaries, indexes, glossaries, compact disc preparation by E. I. Rombandeeva. Proofing of Mansi texts by T. D. Slinkina.—Novosibirsk: Nauka, 2005.—475 pages.

The book acquaints the reader with the best examples of Northern Mansi myths, tales and legends. The texts were recorded in 1952, 1958–1960, 1968, 1978, 1992, 2002.

Altogether the volume contains 62 texts, 43 of which are published here for the first time. A mythic story published by B. Munkácsi at the end of the 19th century is included as a classical example of Mansi folklore; it is rendered in modern orthography.

The volume contains sacred mythic stories that tell about the origin of the earth and people, non-sacred tales for children and adults, and also legends.

The audio supplement contains narrations of ten Mansi tales.

Egor Semenovich Ovesov (playing on the sankvyltape) with his wife Marija Vasilevna Ovesova (dancing).

Examples of text and audio

Tale of Tjaka-Akv

Record 3, the version of the text 21.Storyteller Sambindalova.

Text with Russian translation

There were the wife and her husband

Record 6 “There were the wife and her husband”, the version of the text 23 “The orphan”. Storyteller P.G. Kurikov.

Text with Russian translation


Record 9. Storyteller A. S. Merova.


Mansi children wintering
Mansi woman in a fur winter clothes (sahi). Kamka-morda (braid for fishing). It is made up of cedar slats woven with the roots of cedar
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