Research: Semetey, Central Asia's Epic of a Hidden Semite

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While living in Kyrgyzstan (1994-2013) I learned of a local epic named after the Kyrgyzstan's ancient hero Manas, son of Jakyp. Manas had many similarities to biblical characters, so I wrote about these similarities and was invited to several academic conferences in Kyrgyzstan from 2006-2011. The second epic in the Manas trilogy is called Semetey, which can mean "little Semite" or "Semitish" in Kyrgyz. Semetey, the descendant of Manas son of Jakyb, was allowed to live in Bukhara as long as his true father, ethnicity, and homeland were hidden from him. 

I believe the epic was developed to hide and encode the Semitic lineage of the Kyrgyz people. This epic story was developed during the Medieval Islamization of Central Asia. I presented my hypothesis at the Kyrgyz White House in 2011 under then president Rosa Otunbayeva. My essay, "Semetey Encoded", is included in the last chapter of my book Manas - Lost & Found. I now wish to further investigate the Semetey Epic and analyze this epic masterpiece given to us by the great storytellers of the past. 

I'm asking for $24,000 as stipend to pursue part-time research for one year, and $12,000 to pay a local researcher and artist to contribute to a book on the topic, which I will write during the year.

 

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