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- Some Thoughts on Strategies of Ethnic Oral Literature Preservation in China
World's Longest Epic to Last Another Thousand Years
IEL Has Launched a Survey of How to Protect Oral Traditions Along the Silk Roads
The First Oral Traditions Research Center has Established in China
The Special Issue of Oral Tradition
The 2nd International Workshop on Epic Studies
Some Practical Problems in International Research Cooperation in Social Science


The Fourth International Conference on Yi Studies
Yi studies has a history of over a hundred years as an interdisciplinary, international field of study. Already in the last half of the 19th century, European scholars' research on Yi peoples such as Sani, Axi, and Nuosu opened the wellspring of Yi Studies. During the 1930s and 40s, Chinese ethnologists produced rich research results dealing with the society, history, religion, language,, and historical documents of Yi people. In the 1950s, the Historical and Social Investigations and the research on the social ......
Some Thoughts on Strategies of Ethnic Oral Literature Preservation in China
China has one of the richest, if not the richest holdings of traditional live, narrative performance on earth. Since the May Fourth Movement (and even earlier in some cases) and especially in the early 1950s and again since the late 1970s,......
Singers and Storytellers in the Gesar/Geser Epic Performance Tradition: A Brief Introduction
The epic King Gesar has a performance tradition of over 1000 years. The epic was originally created by Tibetan nomads on the vast Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. For centuries the heroic song has been transmitted among many peoples within China, including the Mongol, Tu, Yugur, Nahki and Purmi ethnic groups.The major themes of the epic tradition center on the life, deeds, and merits of the divine hero, Gesar, whose mission from heaven to this world was to unify disparate tribesg……
World's Longest Epic Sung for Thousand Years
The ancient king, Gesar, may have been dead for a thousand years, but he lives on in the Gesar ballad singers who rove the Qinghai-Tibetan and the Mongolian plateaus, constantly reciting and developing The Life of King Gesar, the world's longest epic poem.
Sangzhub master balladeer known to all
In 1984 when I went to Lhasa for the Gesar Singing Party, I came across Sangzhub whose performance lied deeply embedded in my mind. In 1985 when he went to Beijing for further trip to Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, where he would attend the Seminar on King Gesar, I showed him around in the city.
Mongolian Epic Identity:
Formulaic Approach to Janggar Epic Singing

Mongolian oral epic singing has been a vast tradition. Being the most important genre of folk arts, the tradition can be traced back to long ago. Some scholars believe that the Mongolian epic emerged in about Chinghis Khan's time.
Epic Traditions Fieldnote Intangible Heritage
- Tibetan Epic Singer Pad-dgav and his Gestures in Performance
- Let the Epic Past Walk on
- The Study of Singing Tradition of the Tibetan Epic 'King Gesar'

- The Composition and Dissemination of Tibetan Epic
- World's Longest Epic to Last Another Thousand Years
- Sangzhub master balladeer known to all
- Focus on Tibetan Epic Tradition

- Formulaic Density in Arimpil's Jangar Epic Singing

- Conceptualizing Mountain Patterns

When he saw me carry our exhibit "baby,"--the Yak head--though the final customs line at Seattle, "American Muga" (Dr. Prof. Stevan Harrell) gave me the thumbs-up sign through the glass pane.

- Further Enhance China’s Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage

China, as a time-honored ancient civilization, is endowed with not only an abundance of tangible cultural heritage but also a great variety of intangible cultural heritage.
- Twenty-one States have ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

- Intangible Heritage of Ethnic Minorities in China

- China 's Intangible Cultural Heritage

- The Dances of Manchu Shamans

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