The epic chanter Rysbek Jumabaev performs a scene from Manas (Kyrgyzstan)

The epic chanter Rysbek Jumabaev performs a scene from Manas (Kyrgyzstan)

The 500,000-line epic tale of Manas recounts the story of this Central Asian hero and his descendants. an oral encyclopedia of the history, language, and culture of the Kyrgyz people, the epic is recited at ritual gatherings without musical accompaniment by chanters known as manaschi, who use dramatic gestures and distinctive rhythms to keep audiences engaged.