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The Nart sagas are to the Caucasus what Greek mythology is to Western civilization. This e-book provides, for the 1st time within the West, a big variety of those attention-grabbing myths preserved between 4 similar peoples whose old cultures this present day continue to exist via a thread. In ninety-two easy stories populated via outstanding characters and exploits, through giants who humble haughty Narts, by way of horses and sorceresses, Nart Sagas from the Caucasus brings those cultures to existence in a strong epos.

In those colourful stories, ladies, now not least the attractive temptress Satanaya, the mummy of all Narts, should not purely fertility figures but in addition pillars of authority and knowledge. in a single edition on a ordinary subject, a shepherd, triumph over with ardour on watching Satanaya bathing by myself, shoots a "bolt of lust" that moves a rock--a rock that provides delivery to the Achilles-like Sawseruquo, or Sosruquo. With steely epidermis yet delicate knees, Sawseruquo is a guy the Narts come to like and hate.

Despite a sad historical past, the Circassians, Abazas, Abkhaz, and Ubykhs have retained the Nart sagas as a dwelling culture. The reminiscence in their complex warrior tradition, so richly expressed by means of those stories, helped them face up to Tsarist imperialism within the 19th century, Stalinist suppression within the 20th, and has strengthened their ongoing cultural trip into the post-Soviet future.

Because those peoples have been on the crossroads of Eurasia for millennia, their myths show amazing parallels with the lore of historic India, classical Greece, and pagan Scandinavia. The Nart sagas can also have shaped a very important section of the Arthurian cycle. Notes after every one story demonstrate those parallels; an appendix deals huge linguistic statement. With this ebook, not will the research of historical Eurasian fantasy be attainable with no shut examine the Nart sagas. And not will the sweetheart of delusion be chuffed with out the excitement of getting learn them.

Excerpts from the Nart sagas

"The Narts have been a tribe of heroes. They have been large, tall humans, and their horses have been additionally exuberant Alyps or Durduls. They have been prosperous, and so they had a country. that's how the Narts lived their lives. . . ."

"The Narts have been brave, vigorous, daring, and good-hearted. hence they lived until eventually God despatched down a small swallow. . . ."

"The Narts have been very merciless to each other. They have been green with envy of each other. They disputed between themselves over who used to be the main brave. yet such a lot of all they hated Sosruquo. . . . A rock gave delivery to him. he's the son of a rock, illegally born an insignificant shepherd's son. . . ."

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