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MOSCOW, September 29 (Itar-Tass) – A colorful collection of “The Tales of the Peoples of the Caucasus” has been published in Moscow with a big circulation.
It opens with the words of Dagestani poet Rasul Gamzatov who wrote that, “The genre of a tale will never grow old and will never die because dream will always live and never die in human hearts.” The collection contains the tales of many peoples living from both sides of the Caucasus Mountain Range, including the Cossacks and Mountain Jews. The book has come into light as part of a joint project of the Russian Congress of the Peoples of the Caucasus and the Fund of the Karachai and Balkarian Youth called “Elbrusoid”.
"Apart from residents of the CaucasusThe collection is largely meant for he residents of the Caucasus but for other peoples inhabiting Russia, ethnic Russians in particular. The integration of the peoples of Russia is essential for strengthening our state and its unity,” Aliy Totorkulov, the chairman of the executive committee of the Russian Congress of the Peoples of the Caucasus and the president of the Elbrusoid fund, told Itar-Tass.
"Every child in the Caucasus knows Russian fairytales but far from every child in a Russian family has heard the tales of the Caucasus. We decided to correct this injustice,” he added, saying it’s not accidental that the collection includes tales of the people living from both sides of the Caucasus Range, including the Cossacks and Mountain Jews.
“All of us are the residents of the Caucasus. We have a common destiny and all of us are tied with cultural, mental and other inseparable bonds to the peoples of Russia,” Totorkulov explained.
All in all, the collection has one hundred and ten folk tales. They give an impression of the peculiarities of the outlook and culture of plenty of peoples in habiting this unique region called the Caucasus where, according to Totorkulov, the West and the East of the Eurasian continent which are so different and at the same time so much alike meet each other.
The book’s publishers have described the folklore of the Caucasus as polyphony of popular wisdoms of separate ethnic groups, which give birth to a symphony of common culture of the Caucasus, which is an inseparable part of universal human culture.
The collection of tales has 738 pages, which tell about the dreams and popular wisdom which is passed on from generation to generation and disclosed in the forms of an intricate storyline the beauty and spirit of 24 ethnic groups featured in this book. The one hundred and 20 tales tells about the eternal struggle of good and evil, about wisdom and stupidity, meanness and nobleness, beauty and ugliness.
A collection of sayings and proverbs of the peoples of the Caucasus will come to light soon.