"'Manas' is one of the finest narratives and an encyclopedia of the Kyrgyz people’s life and fight for independence, statehood, culture, life-style, education and all other aspects of their life. Counting up to 937,000 lines of sentences, the oral epic has been included in UNESCO's list of masterpieces of cultural heritages of humanity. 'Manas' has also been considered for World Guinness Records as the World’s Biggest Epic.
The epic has traveled through more than 1,000 years by word of mouth depicting the Kyrgyz hero Manas, his wife Kanykei, their relatives, family and their efforts to build the strong and independent Kyrgyz state.
People who tell the epic of 'Manas' are called 'Manaschy.' These people have taken on the responsibility to pass it to the next generation."
Saidakhror Khodzhaev, Kyrgyzstan