Tradition, Environment, and Politics in Armenian Folktale Cycle “Hazaran Blbul” (Thousand-Voiced Nightingale)

Gohar Melikyan (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Academy of Sciences of Armenia)

This report is devoted to the study of a popular Armenian traditional tale cycle “Hazaran Blbul” (Thousand-Voiced Nightingale) which corresponds to the ATU 550 Tale Type «Bird, Horse and Princess. There are 9 published folk variants of the tale collected from different ethnographic regions, as well as many manuscript variants found in archives. The report will introduce the Armenian variants of the cycle, will present their international parallels, similarities and differences, as well as, unveil the symbols (oriental and Armenian) of the environment and politics in them, which are considered to be clues to reading the behavior of people, striving for subduing the environment and gaining the power.

Part of 62-03 Historical and Political Analysis of Folk Narrative, Saturday, October 23, 10:30 am–12:00 pm