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Hasunbagan talks about Song Danabal

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Ujeed, Uranchimeg 


Hasunbagan, the oldest man in the area who is known to know a lot about local culture. He used to sing well but due to a stroke, he stopped singing. The lady just beside him is his sister who often complemented what Hasunbagan tells. In this video, they talk about a narrative love song called Danabal from another perspective which differs from Temür’s in HOR-VD51. In this collection, there are 40 video recordings of Horchin Mongolian songs made during fieldwork in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The collection contains songs by bards and amateur singers as well as ordinary people. Although most of them are narrative songs, only a few of them are sung in the proper manner as they were in the past. Most of them are sung in fractions. There are also interviews about local knowledge of the narrative songs, the historical facts the songs are based on, the song characters, the occasions the songs are sung, different people’s attitudes towards the different style of singing, their ideas about the present endangered state of the songs, their longing to and difficulty of maintaining the tradition etc.


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horchin mongolian, oral tradition, narrative song, four stringed fiddle, bard

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World Oral Literature Project

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