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Religious Fables, Folklore, Legends, and Stories
Birds, Stars, Insects and Gods

Submitted by Yuri Klitsenko, Russia

In Evenk shaman’s tent the space on the river between shaman’s island and the underworld was a prohibited zone.

There was a site, covered with grass, where large horned animals and Mammoth among them wandered. Further away tothe West there were lands of dead ancestors.

Mammoth described by Russian Avantgard Cubo-Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov in "The little devil" is close to Evenk shaman's tradition.

A futurist play called "Zangezi:
A Supersaga in Twenty Planes"
by Velimir Khlebnikov a sort
of ecstatic drama written partly
in invented languages of gods and birds.

The hero of the play is a man who
attempts to explain the language of
birds, stars, insects and gods to a
gathered mass. He manages to do
this by using the language of zaum.

One of the most striking uses of
ZAUM appears in Khlebnikov’s science
fantasy play "Zangezi: A Supersaga
in Twenty Planes" (1922), staged by
the constructivist artist Vladimir
Tatlin in 1923. Khlebnikov’s
superhero, Zangezi-the speach maker,
is a human interpreter of birds,
insects, Gods, and stars - and he
attempts to explain transrational
language to the gathered masses.
Before the eternal figure Zangezi,
the birds and gods appear, speaking
in ZAUM language:

Oook, kooks, ell!
Rededeedee dee-dee-dee!
Peeree, pepee,pa-papee!
Chogi goona,geni-gan
Ahl, Ell, Eeell!
Ek, ak, oook!
Gamch, gemch, ee-o!
rr-pee! rrr-pee!

Yuri Klitsenko is a Russian living in Moscow.  He works for the Russian Orthodox Church.

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