Asia, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan – Manas, the Magnificent

At 500,000 lines, Manas is twenty times longer than Homer’s combined Iliad and Odyssey.  The longest epic poem in the world, Manas chronicles the great heritage of the Kyrgyz people.

Manas is depicted on the front of this banknote.

Statues are found throughout Kyrgyzstan.

 

The epic, in 3 books, recalls the heroic exploits of Manas, his son Semetei, and his grandson Seitec..

 

On the reverse of this banknote is the burial place of Manas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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