The Epic of King Gesar is a great heroic story created by the Tibetans and represents the highest achievement of Tibetan literature. It is the longest epic in the world, the length even exceeding the total of the five most famous epics in the world, that is, Babylonian Gilgamesh , Greek Odyssey and Iliad , Indian Ramayana and Mahabharata. The epic also expresses the theme of the people's wish for justice and bliss. The epic is really an encyclopedia of the social and historical changes, relationships among classes and nationalities, ethnical Tibet culture.
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The Epic of King Gesar is a great heroic story created by the Tibetans and represents the highest achievement of Tibetan literature. It is the longest epic in the world, the length even exceeding the total of the five most famous epics in the world, that is, Babylonian Gilgamesh , Greek Odyssey and Iliad , Indian Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The epic also expresses the theme of the people's wish for justice and bliss. The epic is really an encyclopedia of the social and historical changes, relationships among classes and nationalities, ethnical Tibet culture. Long ago, the Tibetans were suffering from natural disasters and vicious devils and living rather a miserable life. Then he and his mother along with a tribe 'Ling' migrated beside the Yellow River.
Since then he began to take the soldiers of his kingdom and banish away all the aggressive devils in the nearby realms. In the later years, some folk balladeers continued to pass on the story orally; this enriched the plots and embellished the languages. The story had gradually become near perfect and very popular in the early 12th Century. The epic began to be compiled mainly by the monks of Nyingmapa Red Sect of Tibetan Buddhism in about the 11th Century, and were mainly hand-written books.
The present collections of Epic of King Gesar now contain over chapters and more than one million verses; above 20 million characters in all.
The epic has been translated into languages of other brother nationalities of China as well as English, French, Russian, German, Indian and other foreign languages. It has now become a subject on study and is even discussed as a topic in the international seminar. It is a rebuilt majestic palace of Tibetan style, where the statues of King Gesar and his empress and brave brother soldiers are enshrined.
Since its origin, Epic of King Gesar has gotten around from one mouth to another, and has become a tradition and art form to this day. This art form is like a zarzuela, which involves narratives and singing, as well as graphic explanations. It is mainly acted by expert artists in Tibet.
The performer usually brings a musical instrument as accompaniment. Because of the length of the epic, usually only a chapter can be told over several days, but listeners never seem tired of it. The artists always proclaim that they are the avatars of a deity who endow them with a sharp tongue overnight.
These artists are succeeded from generation to generation. The most famous artists are the deceased old man Zhaba, the said avatar of a famous general of King Gesar, and the nearly year-old woman Yumei, the said avatar of a concubine of King Gesar. The paintings and statues on the epic are also worshipped as patron deities by Tibetans. Latest Corona Virus travel information. Background of the Epic of King Gesar. History of The Epic of King Gesar.
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For centuries, folk artists in the snow-covered plateau of Tibet, southwest China, travelled the region telling and singing stories of King Gesar, a legendary 11th century hero who fought evil and helped the weak. The epic of King Gesar is fading as an oral tradition, but Jampel Gyatso is determined to preserve it in text, as a "treasure of humanity. Gesar is an encyclopedic masterpiece that reflects the social and cultural landscape of ancient Tibet. During the past four decades, Jampel and his colleagues travelled across the country's vast Tibetan-inhabited areas, interviewing folk artists, while collecting, compiling and translating the epic tale.
Tibetan Heroic Epic - King Gesar
From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. El rei Guesar , pintura mural d'autor desconegut. Media in category "Epic of King Gesar" The following 10 files are in this category, out of 10 total. Gesar Gruschke. Gesar Khan. Gesar of Ling riding a deer. Distemper painting.
The Epic of Gesar of Ling
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