Gessar Khan A Legend of Tibet

Gessar Khan A Legend of Tibet

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Item Code: IDI865
Author: Ida Zeitlin,Illustrated by Nadejen
Publisher: Pilgrims Book Pvt. Ltd
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8177690841
Pages: 203
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.5" X 7.2"
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Legend of Gessar Khan, the mythical hero of Asia, was the popular lore in Central Asia. For centuries it survived through oral tradition. The Imperial Academy of Sciences in St, Petersburg took upon itself the arduous task of putting the Mongolian legend into print. Later, one of the members of the team entrusted with constructing the text, translated it into German, It was only then that the epic fascinated the Westerners, The present translation in English presents a source of living material, on the, odes of speech and manners of life of the nomad tribes three centuries from now.

Preface

In peking in 1716, during the reign of Kanghi and at his order, there appeared in the Mongokian language the legend of Gessar Khan, mythical hero of Asia, whose mighty exploits had lived long on the lips of the people before they were set forth in print. In 1836 the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg authorized Isaac Jakib Schmidt, one of its members, to prepare a new edition in Mongolian form the earlier text, and three years later sanctioned a project apparently very close to Professor Schmidt's heart, a German translation. It is upon this German translation, entitled Die Thaten Bogda Gesser chans and published in St. Petersburg in 1839, that the present version is principally based, although reference has also been made to Benjamin Bergmann's account of the so called Little Gesser, translated from a Kalmuch original, and included in Nomadische Streifereien, Volume III, published in Riga in 1804. Whether the origin of the epic is Tibetan or Mongolian is not clear, since it has been set down in both languages, but Professor Schmidt inclined to the former view through the weight of internal evidence. Himself a student and lover of Oriental lore, he saw in this work a source of living material, hitherto inaccessible to Europeans, on the modes of speech and manners of life of the nomad tribes; and although his interest was primarily scholarly, he was not indifferent to the treasure of pure folk narrative he had made available, and of which this volume seeks to take advantage.

Contents
IOf the Hero's Birth and the strange events that preceded it, and of those wondrous exploits of his youth wherein his magic powers were revealed11
IIOf the wooing of the lady rogmo, wherein yoro proved himself most dauntless among heroes, and how in the end he revealed himself as gessar Khan37
IIIOf Gessar Khan's Journey to china, where he restored peach to keeme Khan and his troubled kingdom, and how he was aided therein by a baldheaded smith37
IVOf how chotong wreaked his vengeance upon the lady aralgo, and she was driven forth and sought shelter in the country of the twelveheaded giant81
VOf the perils encountered by gessar in his journey against the twelve headed giant, and how he slew him at last and Drank the drink of forgetfulness99
VIOf the march of the three Shiraigol Khans upon Tibet to seize the lady rogmo, and of the Glorious victory won over them by Gessar's faithful Heroes 123
VIIOf the Treachery of the Vile chotong, whereby the three shiraigol khans were enabled to seize the beauteous lady rogmo and bear her into captivity145
VIIIOf Gessar Khan's Departure from the country of the twelve headed giant, and how he overthrew his enemies and succored the beauteous lady Rogmo163
IXOf the Punishment meted out by Gessar to the Traitor chotong and how the son of heaven returned to rule over his people in the joy and wisdom of the Gods 183
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