The Messianic Geser: from religious saviour to communism

Jonathan Ratcliffe

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    Abstract

    In the past ten years interest in the study of the history of Buryat literacy and literature during the Soviet period has increased substantially in English language academia. However, a great many avenues are yet to be explored in relation to this field – most notably the history of the Buryat Geser traditions in the twentieth century and their transformation from oral to written epic compositions. In this piece I would like to open up some of the less-explored issues concerning the religious cults and epic traditions surrounding the hero Geser as a messianic saviour figure in Inner Asia, and how these became compatible with communist ideology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-73
    JournalBulletin of the Buryat Scientific Centre at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
    Volume2
    Issue number26
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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