Kyrgyzstan – Manas, the Magnificent

Kyrgyzstan 5 Som Banknote – Face and Back

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.

Kyrgyzstan 5 Som Banknote front, featuring statue of Manas
statue of Manas in kyrgyzstan

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.

Kyrgyzstan 5 Som Banknote  back, featuringt burial place of Manas

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