Olonkho (Russian: Олонхо́, Yakut: Олоҥхо) is a series of heroic epic tales of the Yakuts and one of the oldest epic arts of the Turkic peoples. The term refers to the entire Sakha epic tradition as well as its central epic. The best known Olonho "Nyurgun Bootur the Swift", consists of more than 36,000 verses, and has been translated into several languages.

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  • Olonkho (Russian: Олонхо́, Yakut: Олоҥхо) is a series of heroic epic tales of the Yakuts and one of the oldest epic arts of the Turkic peoples. The term refers to the entire Sakha epic tradition as well as its central epic. There are over one hundred poem epics recorded of which a small number have been published - each can contain several tens of thousands of verses. As originally performed the epics were narrated/sung not written, with each character or principle indicated by the tone and musicality of the performer's voice. The poems contain numerous literary devices including metaphor, simile, etc. and contain fantastical elements and archaic concepts. They are thought to originate from times when the ancestors of the Yakuts lived further south. Oral performance of an Olonho contains both spoken (descriptions) and sung (dialogue) parts. The epics were first recorded by westerners after the Russian conquest of Siberia starting in the 18th century onwards. Western exiles to Siberia during the 19th century made major contributions to the recording of these epic, and after the formation of the Yakut Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, government-backed organisations took part in collating and archiving versions of the epics. The best known Olonho "Nyurgun Bootur the Swift", consists of more than 36,000 verses, and has been translated into several languages. (en)
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  • Olonkho (Russian: Олонхо́, Yakut: Олоҥхо) is a series of heroic epic tales of the Yakuts and one of the oldest epic arts of the Turkic peoples. The term refers to the entire Sakha epic tradition as well as its central epic. The best known Olonho "Nyurgun Bootur the Swift", consists of more than 36,000 verses, and has been translated into several languages. (en)
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