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Epic of Manas

The Epic of Manas is an ancient epic poem of the Kyrgyz people, who are an ethnic group primarily living in Kyrgyzstan, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. It is considered one of the world's longest epic poems, with more than half a million lines of verse, and is regarded as a masterpiece of Kyrgyz literature.

The epic tells the story of the life of Manas, a legendary hero and warrior, and his descendants. The story includes battles, love stories, and the struggle of the Kyrgyz people against their enemies. Manas is depicted as a wise and brave leader who unites the Kyrgyz tribes and leads them to victory against their enemies.

The Epic of Manas is an oral tradition that has been passed down through generations of Kyrgyz people for centuries. It is usually recited by special storytellers known as manaschis, who memorize the poem and perform it for audiences. The epic has been an important part of Kyrgyz culture and identity and has helped to preserve the history, culture, and traditions of the Kyrgyz people.

In 2009, the Epic of Manas was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This recognition highlights the epic's significance as a cultural heritage of the Kyrgyz people and as an important part of the world's literary and cultural heritage.

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