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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 32 | volume VI | May-June, 2003



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Blesok no. 32May-June, 2003
Prose

The Khan's Victory

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Petar Kostov

     The historical facts about the event have merged with things said by the wind that blows across the endless Tartar steppes; of course, it is another name for legend, a synonym. So, the legend reverts two or three centuries, unlike history. For the sake of truth, because even if the historical facts are certain, many centuries have passed since then. However, the following persons are always mentioned as the main actors in the event: the old Khan—Kudzaj Khan; the young Khan—Chibu Khan; the beautiful Prichu—the youngest and most desirable wife of the old Khan; and the still nameless poet. But some details concerning the actors do not match. Thus, in places Kudzaj Khan is said to be very old, elsewhere that he had reached maturity. Likewise, it is said that he was a handsome Tartar, but the opposite as well—that he was ugly, even crippled. On the other hand, it is always said that Chibu Khan was handsome and young, even very young, that “the black moss under his nose had just started to thicken, becoming as black as his eyes.” The discrepancies concerning the beautiful Prichu have to do with the color of her eyes; they are referred to as either “green as the grass of the steppes in springtime” or “blue as the sky above the steppes on a summer morning.” But regardless of these differing accounts, oral or written, she is very young and undoubtedly the greatest beauty on the entire Tartar steppes. And finally, returning to the two Khans, the following discrepancy also exists: they sometimes are said to be brothers, sometimes half-brothers. And then there is this: though the poet is sometimes just a poet, on other occasions he is both a poet and a musician, even a jester, clown, or fool; but he is always nameless… However, it is understandable that there are these and other differences related to the time the event occurred, or to its actors, because the few accounts of this distant time come from different chroniclers, from varying distances, and the legend woven of the steppe wind is just the same—inconsistent.
     THE BATTLE. The event was preceded by the battle between the old Khan and the young Khan. It began just before dawn—a time dark enough to remain hidden from the enemy, but light enough to see and destroy the enemy. It was autumn, the middle of autumn, to






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