- 千葉大学ユーラシア言語文化論集 = Journal of Chiba University Eurasian Society (ISSN:21857148)
- no.20, pp.5-14, 2018-12-25
[ABSTRACT] The paper focuses on the different appearances of the soul in the Mongolian epic Geser Khan (edition of Japanese translation by Hiroshi Wakamatsu, 1993.) Geser as well as the multi-headed antagonist takes very many various features of souls by means of transformation, incarnation, creation of "the other self" clone. Usually the souls of the antagonists are hidden in secret that Geser has to find and perish. Here the decisive roles are played by the brides of the hero Geser. At the same time the heroines-brides are the spiritual guardian of Geser, warriors in case of need. It seems that the diversity of soul appearance and female roles are, roughly speaking, common features in the heroic epics of the northern peoples. Consequently it could serve as means for the comparative study of the heroic epics in Eurasia, including the Yukar of the Ainu.