G.Mend-Ooyo
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World Poetry Days in Mongolia
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The Mongol people have, from the earliest times, used language to develop a communicative and respectful relationship, both with their livestock and with the wild animals, and have written, as a people, a huge number of propitiative invitations and prayers to the natural world, seen in the form of intelligent spirits and genii loci, manifest in the surrounding hills and rivers and trees and springs and stones. Human conversation reaches the spirits of these hills and rivers and trees and springs and stones, and since we believe that not only are such words preserved in the mind but that actions result from them, the figurative expression of this interaction through the rhythm and sound of poetry is regarded as an important and precious aspect of Mongol nomadic culture.
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WORDS manifest the waves of power which have been absorbed within a person they are the horses of sound which continue to bear this power even to the edges of time. Because he have form and color, because they have their own momentum, because the havemanifest light and shade, words are material. A growing tree has its brabches, the branches have their leaves, the leaves have their veins, and similarly in the mind and the qualities of a person are eternally stored in their words.
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It is said that in time immemorial, when the ice-covered Earth began to melt, first of all a mountain appeared. Later this mountain came to be known as Otgontenger, or “the youngest son of heaven. Now the mountain is one of the most important sacred sites in Mongolia. The vast territory known as the Central Asian plateau, bringing together khangai (forested area), steppe and the great Gobi, is the homeland of the great dinosaurs and early horses that lived many millions years ago. Traces of the first humans were found here. All these testify that poetry did not appear late in the Mongolian motherland. Mongolia is a country with distinctive seasons and a harsh climate --reaching an unbearable hot +40 degrees C in summer yet experiencing frigid snowstorms of -40 degrees C in winter-- and nomadic culture and civilisation. Now towns and permanent settlements have appeared and the nomadic and settled cultures and civilisations exist side by side. A process of differentiation and synthesis of both traditional and modern, globalised culture is taking place.
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The morin huur is the musical history book of Mongol culture. In its strings, the joys and sadness, pleasure and pain, music and the mental motility of the nomadic community have come down to us over time. That is to say, the instrument is filled with history, colleceted in song. A recent performer, my father Dugars¨rengiin Gombojav (1912-1983) , composed many such song texts about horses and camels.
I should say a few words about how the place of the morin huur from the viewpoint of material culture. The modern tyform of the instrument has developed over history, and Mongol nomads have now reached a point where they are now integrated with things of value to them such as historical culture, aesthetic enjoyment and philosophical understanding..
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The  Mankind  and  the  Nature  have  always  being  changed  with  passage  of  time  or  centuries. But  the poetry  has  never  been  changed.  Comedy   by  Homer , the  ancient  poet and  the  poems  by   XXI   century’s  poets  have  a  common  character. This  is  the  excitement  of  people.  This  emotion  or  charm  resulting   from  the  poetry  exists  forever  or  are  independent from  the  passage,  character  of  human  being  and  from  the  social  changes.  The genuine  essence  of  the  poetry  will  never  be  disappeared  and  its  affection  character  remains  unchanged.  So  this  is  the  constancy of  the  poetry,  I  believe.
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Poetry is an unknown light signal from Cosmos.
Poetry is the magic wave of spiritual energy.
Poetry is the heavenly body of human’s inner Cosmos.
Poetry is an outstanding phenomenon of the spirited Mandala.

To speak about poetry within today’s cognitive frame would be a bit insufficient. With other words, one cannot explain many hidden values of real poetry by means of our understanding of things of today. One of these values is the energy wave of the poetry. The energy wave contained in the poetry is an inexhaustible wealth of the poetry culture of the humankind. Strangely enough, in nomadic cultural heritage one often faces something that resembles efforts to manage natural energy through the energy of poetry. This should be given importance and careful study, I think.
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