30 November 2010, Tuesday, 14:39

Bashkir epos “URAL-BATYR” has to be included into the list of UNESCO “Masterpieces of oral and non-material mankind’s heritage”

author: Marina Shumilova

The Bashkir epos “URAL-BATYR”, already included into the list of TURKSOY non-material cultural heritage, is considered a worthy pretender to be included into the UNESCO list “Masterpieces of oral and non-material mankind’s heritage”, the director of the Institute of history, language and literature RB, doctor of philology Firdaus Khisamitdinova stated at the international conference in Ufa, devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Bashkir epos “URAL-BATYR” record.

For the first time the idea to advance the epos to the masterpieces of UNESCO non-material cultural heritage was announced in 1996 in the Ministry of education RB during preparations for the first contest of young narrators “URAL-BATYR”. In 2003 the idea was included into the resolution of the all-Russian scientific conference “The epos “URAL-BATYR” and mythology”. In 2006 this question was also raised at the symposium, devoted to the epos. Unfortunately, because of many reasons this idea remained unsettled.

Firdaus Khisamitdinova has underscored the work on investigation of the epos was never interrupted. The epos is translated into English and Turkish languages. In 2005 the epos was published in Bashkir, Russian and English languages and in 2006 the epos was published in German.

“All conditions for advancement of the epos “URAL-BATYR” to UNESCO masterpieces’ list are present in the Republic for today” – Firdaus Khisamitdinov stated and on behalf of all participants of the conference urged the Government of Bashkortostan to start preparing all necessary corresponding documentation for UNESCO as fast as possible and to determine the organization, responsible for preservation and revival of the ancient Bashkir epos in order to accelerate the long-term process on inclusion of one of the most ancient eposes of the mankind into the UNESCO list “Masterpieces of oral and non-material mankind’s heritage”.