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Does Yakut Folklore Contain Information on Neanderthals and Denisovans?

D.G. Tikhonov, A.E. Zakharova, Т.S. Neustroeva

14-28 p.


doi.org: 10.22378/he.2018-3-1.14-28


The work is based on the results of studying the Turkic peoples’ folklore and heroic epos, published research papers whoch focus on the etymology of the terms denoting the main characters “albasty” and “abaahy”, and also the lifestyle, appearance, anatomy, and genetics of the archaic hominids – Homo neanderthalensis, Denisovan hominine. Research articles on olonkho, the texts of Yakuts’ Olonkho heroic epos – the largest indigenous ethnic groups of North-Eastern Siberia have been analyzed. As a result of the conducted research, the most generalized image of “abaahy” has been created, its prototypes in the ancient history have been presented.


Keywords: folklore, olonkho, Turk-Mongols, the image of “abaahy”, “albasty”, “sara”, Neanderthal man, Denisov man, full genome analysis

For citation: Tikhonov D.G., Zakharova A.E., Neustroeva Т.S. Does Yakut Folklore Contain Information on Neanderthals and Denisovans? Istoricheskaya etnologiya – Historical Ethnology, 2018, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 14–28. DOI: 10.22378/he.2018-3-1.14-28


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About the authors:

Dmitrii G. Tikhonov is a Doctor of Science (Medicine), Professor, Chief Researcher of Research Institute of Health, M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University (58, Belinsky St., Yakutsk 677027, Russian Federation); tikhonov.dmitri@yandex.ru
Agafiya E. Zakharova is a Candidate of Science (Philology), Head of the Center of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Peoples of the Republic Sakha (Yakutia), A.E. Kulakovskii House of Peoples’ Friendship (4, Poyarkova St., Yakutsk 677000, Russian Federation); solnse18@mail.ru
Tatiana S. Neustroeva is a Candidate of Science (Medicine), Leader Researcher of the Department of Polar (Artic) Medicine, Research Institute of Health, M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University (58, Belinsky St., Yakutsk 677009, Russian Federation); neustroeva1944@mail.ru