Actors perform at the Xinjiang Museum in Urumqi, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhou Ye)
BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) — On July 13, epic performer Jangnur Turganbay and his young apprentice performed the Kirgiz ethnic epic “Manas” at the Museum of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, welcoming a special guest — Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, watched their performance during an inspection tour in Xinjiang.
The main plot of “Manas” revolves around the heroic deeds of the eponymous protagonist and his descendants. Consisting of myths, folktales, customs and idioms of the Kirgiz ethnic group, the extensive epic is considered an “encyclopedia” of Kirgiz ethnic culture. It has been passed down orally since as early as the 16th century.
Due to its rich contents, the performance of the…