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Journal of Linguistics and Literature. 2022, 5(1), 6-10
DOI: 10.12691/jll-5-1-2
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The Battle Hero Figure Determining the Type Features of M'nong Epics

Trieu Van Thinh1,

1Tay Nguyen University, 567 Le Duan, Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak

Pub. Date: May 12, 2022

Cite this paper:
Trieu Van Thinh. The Battle Hero Figure Determining the Type Features of M'nong Epics. Journal of Linguistics and Literature. 2022; 5(1):6-10. doi: 10.12691/jll-5-1-2

Abstract

The heroic character in the epic M'nong (Ot Ndrong) has a common denominator with the hero of the world epic in physical beauty; in will, energy, courage; in victory and victory over the opposing enemy. However, if compared with the heroic character of the classical epic, the hero in the M'nong epic is more modest and less prominent. The Hectors, Ulysses, Asin, Rama... are “pure” heroes, always placed in the space of epic wars. The battle hero in the M'nong epic mainly works in the space of everyday life; In terms of stature, he was short, his actions were simple, and his weapons were rudimentary. In Ot Ndrong, many times the hero is not able to decide on his own whether he wins or loses, but has to rely on supernatural forces such as gods, ghosts, and charms. Through the heroic character of war, we can see the primitive nature of the M'nong epic, it reflects the low level of production and natural conquest of the M'nong people - in the early stages of the development of social history.

Keywords:
battle hero M'nong epic Ot Ndrong mythological epic classical epic

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