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Legends from Tibet - the Sertha Gesar Troupe

 

Gesar of Ling has a long history recorded in a vast number of volumes with a grand extent and substantial content. It has been handed down to Tibetans for thousands of years and is deeply loved by Tibetans. In the whole Tibetan Plateau and around the Himalayan region it is an important component of Tibetan culture. They believe that the Gesar of Ling represents the highest achievement of Tibetan folk culture. As an encyclopaedia it reflects the society and history of ancient Tibet. Having a very high value in research and aesthetics it is a bright pearl in the treasure house of Tibetan culture. International researchers hold this in high regard and call it “The Eastern Homeric Epic".
 
It was handed down from generation to generation. It still continues spreading among the Tibetans, especially among the farmers and herdsmen; thus it is called an epic of living art. It is the longest epic in the world, which has 120 volumes, over 1,000,000 lines and 20,000,000 words.
 
According to tradition the structure of Gesar of Ling has three parts: The first part is “Gesar of Ling in Heaven, Gesar of Ling being born on Earth, and Gesar of Ling Crowned as a King after the victory in The Horse Race". These are regarded as the prologue.
The second part are the four histories of vanquishing demons - "The Du vs Ling War, The Hor vs Ling War, The Juang vs. Ling War,, The Mon vs. Ling War".  Besides these, there are eighteen large, medium and small Zongs (chapters). They form the main parts of the epic.
 
The third part is "Rescuing the Victims of Hell and Bringing Peace to the Three Realms"
 
"Gesar of Ling, the Crowned King after Victory in Horse Race" is the most popular part and best known amongst the people.
 
The Gesar of Ling epic passionately eulogises the struggle that Justice vanquishes Evil and the Light defeats the Darkness. The story suggested that Gesar of Ling defied brute force and won outstanding achievements with his amazing will-power and magical strength.
 
As a folk literary work, Gesar of Ling, in essence, is not written out by the literati, but sung out by many story-telling actors. Therefore, its character is the combination of the prose and the verse in an artistic form. The folk actors tell the story while singing, and narrate it while commenting. The prose part is mainly narration, while the verse part is chant.
 

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