Modern Identity

Modern identity is influenced by many things. While folklore is often still deeply embedded to most cultures and faith can play a large role in social and individual identity, both are expressed in the modern world, where reactions to more recent national history, such as WWII, and reaction to the increasingly global world of ideas also have strong cultural influences.

Up Close and Personal with a Manaschi

A Performance and Interview with Nazarkyl Seydrakmanov This past week, SRAS students met with one of Kyrgyzstan’s most famous manaschis, Nazarkyl Seydrakmanov. Manaschis are Kyrgyz professional storytellers of the Manas epic poem, the longest epic poem in world history. During this meeting, Nazarkyl discussed his personal life story, the artistry of his craft, and gave […]

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