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Ai sürlü, 'The Moon is Beautiful'

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Pegg, Carole 


This is not a ritual song and is therefore performed after rather than during the ritual. The Moon and Sun are revered by Ak Jang practitioners. The project builds on Pegg's research undertaken in the Mountain Altai since 2002. It includes audio-vidual recordings of living endangered traditions related to heroic epic performance. These include 'requests for blessings' and Jangar songs performed within Ak Jang (White Belief) clan rituals held in open-air temples (Küree) in secret mountain locations. Also included is a video recorded by Pegg prior to the WOLP project of the epic 'Maadai Kara' performed by a contemporary 'With Spirit' (Eelü) bard.


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altai, ak jang (white belief), epic, algysh blessing

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World Oral Literature Project

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