Balǰinima

The Bard Balǰinima
The Bard Balǰinima
Balǰinima was born in 1941 in J̌ile-yin Süme, what is now known as Ulaγan Balγasun of Sayiqan Tala district in Aru Qorčin. His father, Gombo, was a bard. Balǰinima was famous for his performance of two rare tales set during the Yuan dynasty. They are entitled Ögedei mergen qaγan-u üliger “The Story of the Wise Emperor Ögedei” or Qubilγan odod-un šastir “The Story of the Incarnated Stars”, and Qubilai sečen qaγan-u üliger “The Story of the Sage Emperor Qubilai” or Γarudi γalbingγ-a-yin tuγuǰi “The Story of Garuḍa Kalaviṅka”. The two tales were handed down orally to him by the renowned bard Buyannemekü (1903-1983). Balǰinima also composed his own tales.

Further Information

For a full English translation of the biography, see Elisabetta Chiodo, “Life Stories and Achievements of Eastern Mongol Bards”, Ural-Altaische Jahrbücher NF 22, 2008, pp. 202-211 . The Mongolian texts of the biographies of the bards, on which the English translation is based, are published in Rinčindorǰi, Tuuličid quγurčid-un namtar böge mörgöl-ün iraγu nayiraγ , Beijing 2010, pp. 157-177, 195-214 .