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a heroic Kazakh narrative poem dealing with historical events of the 15th century. The poem is a call for unity and a cessation of civil wars between the individual khanates. Er-Targyn, the hero of the poem, is represented as an epic hero, a defender of the people, and a protector of the homeland from foreign aggressors. He is assisted in his exploits by his beautiful and loyal consort Ak-Zhunus. The Soviet composer E. G. Brusilovskii has written an opera of the same name on the motifs of the epos.


Er-Targïn. Alma-Ata, 1957.


Jŭmaliev, K. Qazaq ëposï men ädebiet tarikhïnïng mäselelerĭ, vol. 1. Alma-Ata, 1958.
Gabdullin, M. Qazaq khalqïnïng auïz ädebeitĭ. Alma-Ata, 1958.
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