In the March 1993 issue of the bulletin Folklore Fellows Network Lauri Honko raised the question: "What is an epic?" As a small contribution of my own I shall confine myself here to the question of what we know about the recent state of the Mongolian epic (Bawden 1980). Had it not been for the intensive and praiseworthy collection of the first Mongolian epic by Russian and Finnish scholars during the last decades of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the present century, we might not have reached the present stage in this branch of literary research. Through their recording projects, these scholars demonstrated the existence and dominance of the Mongolian epic.1Issue title; "Epics Along the Silk Roads.
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