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Bukūri Yongšon: The Manchu Foundation Myth

By Manchu Studies Group
November 10, 2020

Almost fourteen years ago, Dr. Loretta Kim, then a graduate student at Harvard, worked with students in her Manchu A class to read and translate the Manchu Origin Myth story at the beginning of Manzhou shilu. Not satisfied with only reading and translating the Manchu version into English, they went further to translate the story into many modern languages and recorded their voices out loud.


Below is an audio recording of the story (from pages 13–16 in the PDF) recited by Professor Chuang Chi-fa 莊吉發 in Manchu language, provided by Monica Chang (A Manchu Learner):

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