Time as told : telling the past in Kyrgyzstan
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This paper addresses Kyrgyz ‘ time-telling ’, exploring how Kyrgyz herders and villagers ‘tell’ of their experience of time through genealogies, family stories and epic poetry. The author takes a phenomenological approach, drawing on different forms of narrative; interweaving history, myth and story; revealing the life within the past, as genres mesh (and not always seamlessly). She argues that the lived experience of ‘time-telling’ works through narrative, memory, sound, performance, and poetics, providing a matrix through which the past is continuously brought to life for performers and audience alike. The paper is in three parts. The first sets the scene, exploring three interwoven, kin-related Kyrgyz genres – family trees, genealogies, and epic poetry. The second looks at diverse manifestations of the Kyrgyz epic Manas, and its interpenetration with social life. The third reveals how different forms of performing and remembering the epic bring the past to life through the act of performance.
Bunn , S 2018 , ' Time as told : telling the past in Kyrgyzstan ' , History and Anthropology , vol. Latest Articles . https://doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2018.1532892
History and Anthropology
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