What Epic Poem is Twice as Long as the Mahabharata?

The Kyrgyz epic poem, The Epic of Manas, contains over 500,000 lines of prose, making it 2.5 times longer than the Indian epic The Mahabharata, and 20 times longer than the Ancient Greek epics of the The Iliad and The Odyssey. The story highlights Kyrgyz history as followed through the adventures and gallant accomplishments of its titular character, Manas. An oral folklorist called a manaschi typically will recite parts of the poem, sans musical accompaniment at weddings, social gatherings, and other major events for entertainment.

If you would like to read more about The Epic of Manas or Kyrgyz culture, below are some helpful websites:

UNESCO:

http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00209

 

Central Asia Online: http://centralasiaonline.com/en_GB/articles/caii/features/entertainment/2010/02/20/feature-02

 

Muza Tours and Travel Company:

http://www.muzatravel.com/kyrgyzstan/culture.htm

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