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The origins of the people spirit. Book review: The Mordovian Folk Epos: Academic Version


Kuzmina E. N.



The article presents an analysis of the book “The Mordovian Folk Epos” issued in Saransk in 2023. This publication can rightfully be called a reflection of the creative potential of the Mordovian people. Attempts to create an epos of the Mordvins have been made repeatedly. Back in the early 1930s, folklore material was accumulated, in the structure of which works of an epic nature stood out. It’s been a long time since then. The texts for the published academic version were rethought, an approach to the determination of the structure of the book was developed, cycles were distinguished. The book includes mythological songs about the creation of the earth and man, about the establishment of traditions on earth; lyroepic works about the marriage of gods, gods and people; texts about the leader of the people Tyushtya, etc. As a result, it can be argued that this academic publication meets the modern requirements for scientific publications, it is of interest to future researchers and to everyone who is interested in studying the spiritual heritage of the Mordovian people.


Keywords: the Mordovian people, folk art, epos, academic version, the universe, cycle, cosmogonic songs, prose text, plot development, the leader of the Mordvins


For citation: Kuzmina EN. The origins of the people spirit. Book review: The Mordovian Folk Epos: Academic Version. Center and Periphery. 2024;19(2):112—117. EDN BEUGEU


Information about the author:

Evgenia N. Kuzmina, Head of Sector of Folklore of the Peoples of Siberia of the Institute of Philology of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (8 Nikolaeva Str., Novosibirsk 630090, Russia), Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor, ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7389-7811, kuzmina.evgenia2010@yandex.ru


Conflict of interests: the author declares no conflict of interests.


The author has read and approved the final version of the manuscript.


The article was submitted 25.03.2024; accepted for publication 01.04.2024.