Visual Folklore Poetics of Scythian Animal Style Visual Folklore Poetics of Scythian Animal Style

Sergey Kullanda, M. Pogrebova, D. Raevskiy

Visual Folklore Poetics of Scythian Animal Style

Institut vostokovedeniya RAN

Moskva, 2013, 274 pages

ISBN: 978-5-89282-486-6

The problem of Scythian Animal Style is considered in relation of Scythians’ belonging to Iranian languages and in broader scale to Indo-Iranian peoples. Original linguistic materials and narrative sources have been used for this purpose. The authors come to the conclusion that Scythian Animal Style as an integral phenomenon was formed in the Western part of Eurasian cultural continuum under the influence of Southwest Asian art. At the same time, the canons of this style were characteristic of poetic languages of Indo-Iranian balladeers. This fact facilitated easy perception of the style by the Iranian peoples related to Scythians and made it widespread. The authors dedicate this book to a prominent Russian scientist E.A. Grantovsky (1932 – 1995). He was an expert in Iranian studies and Antiquity, a specialist in archaeology of comparative-historical linguistics. None of the researchers can come near with him regarding his knowledge of Scythian sources. Being greatful to this outstanding researcher, the authors who had worked with him in the Institute of Oriental Studies (RAS) try at most to continue the work of his life: Scythica sub specie Iranicorum.