The paper is aimed to share the case study on a successful safeguarding practice of the Kyrgyz epic trilogy “Manas,Semetey,Seitek”, carried by Aigine Cultural Research Center in 2010-2014. The paper describes the process of identification of safeguarding issues and approaches to address them. Since the Kyrgyz epic is a living heritage, safeguarding variety of the epic versions and diversity of recitation styles became one of the main goals. Paper explores, how and why Aigine CRC has pioneered digitization of the entire “Manas, Semetey, Seitek” epic trilogy recited by the contemporary epic chanters.
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