Central Asia Program Series Publications Uyghur Papers

On Some Mythological Plots in Ancient Uyghur Literature

Uyghur Initiative Papers No. 3, October 2014

By Tatiana A. Anikeeva

Attributed to the ancient Uyghur literary tradition are some texts written in Uyghur and Arabic script in the 8th-9th centuries and some literary monuments written a couple of centuries later in the 11th. These texts are as a rule connected with the main, established religious traditions (though some of them have only jural or household content) of Central Asia ― Buddhism, Christianity, Manichaeism, Zoroastrianism, and, later, Islam.

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