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Kulganek I. Manuscripts and Sound Records of the Mongol-Oirat Heroic Epic ”Jangar” in the Archives of St. Petersburg // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 3, No 3, November 1997. P. 8-10.


The Mongol-Oirat Heroic Epic Jangar, one of the outstanding monuments of the world literature, remarkable for the richness of its contents and the perfection of its artistic form, has been studied for more than two hundred years, the sources of this study being connected with St. Petersburg. From St. Petersburg came those scholars — A. Bobrovnikov, K. Golstunsky, V. Kotvich, A. Pozdneev, and B. Vladimirtsov — who took notice of this epic and inspired interest towards it in Russia and in Europe. Later, when it became studied from the points of view of linguistics, history, and history of literature, there developed a distinct scientific branch — Jangar studies. At present the archives of St. Petersburg have in their holdings manuscripts written in Old Mongol script, in Zaya-pandita script and in academic transcription, as well as material in Russian and sound records, representing mainly the initial stages of the study of this epic. The principal centres of Mongolian studies at the beginning of the twentieth century in St. Petersburg were the St. Petersburg University and the Asiatic Museum (later transformed into the Institute of Oriental Studies, at present the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies), therefore most of the material on Jangar was concentrated in these institutions...

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Jangar
Manuscripta Orientalia, selected papers
Mongol manuscripts
Mongol-Oirat Heroic Epic

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