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Kyrgyzstan’s Manas Epic Gains UN Recognition

The oral epic Manas so beloved in Kyrgyzstan has been included on the United Nations cultural heritage list.

The poem, which many Kyrgyz boast is the longest in the world, “expresses the historical memory of the Kyrgyz people and survives thanks to a community of epic tellers, both women and men, of all ages,” UNESCO, the UN’s cultural affairs body, said, announcing the decision to include Manas on the List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity on December 4. “Narrators accept their calling after experiencing a prophetic dream, understood to be a sign from the heroes of the epic.”

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Kyrgyzstan’s Manas Epic Gains UN Recognition

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