Nikolai Oshaev, Mazan Baatr
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Babaev, A. (2016). Nikolai Oshaev, Mazan Baatr [Video file]. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.18318
When Mazan Baatr’s mother was pregnant with him, his father died in a war and his mother went to live with an old blind man. In his childhood Mazan Baatr was both ugly looking and uncoordinated. While others regarded him as a failure, the old blind man had high hopes saying that, ‘He (i.e. Mazan) should not be like this. Maybe his time has not come yet’. One day the boy Mazan went to a market and saw a man selling bows. He took a bow that even grown-ups could not handle and pulled it easily, amazing all the people around who witnessed it. Mazan grew up into a smart, skillful and powerful man who always beat his enemies. There are many legends about Mazan Baatr. A legend. On his way to a hunting ground Mazan Baatr sees a house belonging to a Cherkass family. When Mazan enters the house, the family welcomes him and offers food and drinks. As soon as Mazan starts chewing some fatty meat, a boy who was sitting there runs up to him and grabs him by the waist with such power that Mazan barely manages not to cry out in pain. This boy gradually grows up into a warrior called Ishtkin Dolatl. In order to get rid of this powerful Cherkass warrior, a council gives him a task to go and steal horses from Mazan Baatr in a hope that the latter would kill him. The next day Ishtkin Dolatl gallops up to Mazan Baatr’s house and shouts, ‘If you are man enough, tomorrow at noon come and fight with me’. Then he steals Mazan Baatr’s horses. The next day Mazan Baatr sets off to fight with the thief. While galloping towards his young enemy the elderly Mazan pretends to be looking at the sky. ‘Why is this stupid Kalmyk looking up? Does he not know that he is going to die?’ ponders the fully armored Cherkass warrior, and he also looks up to see what the Kalmyk is looking at. At this point Mazan Baatr pulls his bow and slashes his enemy’s unprotected neck.
history, Mazan Baatr, legend
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This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.18318