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King Gesar

Author: 降边嘉措,吴伟(Gyanpian Gyamco, Wu Wei)
ISBN: 978-7-5085-1288-4
Original Region: China
Original Language: Simplified Chinese
Publication Date: 2009
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Listed as one of 100 Best Books on Chinese Ethnics .
King Gesar is an epic from Tibetan folk tales, legends, folk songs and proverbs. Representing the highest achievement of ancient Tibetan culture, it has been in circulation for centuries. It is an encyclopedia-like masterpiece reflecting the history of the ancient Tibetan society.
Compared with the other famous heroic epics in the world, King Gesar has two outstanding characteristics. First, it has been passed down orally and musically from one generation to the next. Even today the epic is still widespread among the Tibetan people, especially among farmers and herdsmen. It is a “living” heroic epic and belongs to the Tibetan cultural heritage. Second, it is the longest heroic epic in the world with more than 1 million verses, which would fill 120-plus volumes if written down.
In the light of its structural order, this book selects the high spot of this epic.
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Gyanpian Gyamco, of the Tibetan ethnic group, worked for the Ethnic Publishing House from 1956 to 1980. Then he works for the Ethnic Literature Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His works include A Probe into King Gesar, Biography of King Gesar, Historical Fate of Gesar, Gesar and Tibetan Culture, Approaching Gesar, Galsang Medo, The 13th Dalai Lama, Master Panchen Erdeni, Snowland General Tan Guansan and Biography of Li Jue .
Wu Wei graduated from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences with a MA degree in 1988. She engaged in the publishing business as an editor and manager for many years and now works for the State Council Information Office. Her works include Biography of King Gesar, Figures in King Gesar, The 13th Dalai Lama and Tibetan Literature .
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