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Eurasian Mythology in the Tibetan Epic of Ge-sar
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Ge-sar is the most extraordinary Tibetan legendary figure and remains, despite various unsuccessful attempts to tie him down into a context of historical reality, a great mythological character.
The figure of Ge-sar has served as a repository of traditions that, through the corridor of the Eurasian steppe belt, reach back into the world of Germanic and Greek legends and into Megalithic religious beliefs.
The hero Ge-sar, sent down from heaven and returned thereto, has indicated in the course of his eventful journey on earth that on the occasion of his return the hope for a reign of justice and peace and the striving for salvation and liberation will be fulfilled. Thus Ge-sar is both hero and saviour at once.
In this text, Professor Hummel manages to bring to life one of the most fascinating legends of world literature.
Eurasion Mythology in the Tibetan Epic of Ge-sar, Siegbert Hummel, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 117 pages, $9.50
Contents Eurasian Mythology in the Tibetan Epic of Ge-sar
Publishers Note iii
An Outline of the Events in the mongol of the epic translated by I.J. Schmidt ix
I Tentative interpretations of the Ge-sar Epic 1
II On the Discussion about the Ge-sar Epic 25
III The Ge-sar Epic and the Argonauts 30
IV The motif of the crystal mountain in the Ge-sar Epic 33
V The song of the pearl 39
VI Ge-sar the divine smith 42
VII The wonderful Deer in the Ge-sar epic 53
VIII The three sisters in the Ge-sar Epic 57
IX Polyphemus in the Ge-sar epic 65
X Amne Geser 69
XI Megalithic folk-tales in the Ge-sar epic 74
XII Conclusion 82
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