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Gennadiy Korneev, A legend about the origin of the Polar Star

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Terbish, Baasanjav 


After God created humans, monsters appeared from beneath the ground to feast on human flesh. Wishing to help God’s creations, one of heavenly beings descends on the earth in the form of a human boy. Being ‘caught’ by the monsters, the boy promises them to show the hideout where the humans were hiding. He leads the monsters into a desert where they tie him up to a pole. No later had the monsters begun to roast him, the boy turns into smoke and ascends to the sky to become into the Polar Star.



Legend, origin, Polar Star

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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