Translations

Buryat to English

Sayan Zhamablov, Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps have been translating Buryat Mongolian poetry, myths and shaman chants into English since 1996. Their translations of traditional and contemporary Buryat poetry has been integral to the original theatre pieces created by Yara. Their English translations of Buryat folk songs can be sung to the original music and have been performed in such places as the Poetry Project of St Mark's, the American Museum of Natural History and La MaMa Experimental Theatre. They are the recipients of three New York State Council on the Arts Translation Grants and the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry Award.

Translations from Buryat into English Published in Journals


Sayan Zhambalov's "My Eyes Are the Glimmering Waters" 
translated by Sayan Zhambalov, Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps 
Agni Review 54 (fall 2001)
"Last Song of the Khori Taisha Rinchin Darzhin," traditional folk song 
translated by Sayan Zhambalov, Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps
Two Lines Journal (2000)

Sayan Zhambalov's "Light of the Heaven" 
translated by Sayan Zhambalov, Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps 
"We Play on the Rays of the Sun," traditional shaman chant 
translated by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps 
"Thunder Dance - Every Steppe," traditional Thunder Dance Song 
translated with Sayan Zhambalov, Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps 
Agni Review 51 (spring 2000)
The Shaman Bayir Rinchinov Chants to His Sacred Ritual Objects 
translated by Sayan Zhambalov, Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps, 10 pp with 14 photos
Shaman's Drum (winter 2000)
Terra Nova , (winter 98) 
"The Tale Begins" traditional beginning of every tale 
translated by Virlana Tkacz and Erzhena Zhambalov
"Yoxor" traditional Buryat folk song 
translated by Sayan Zhambalov, Virlana Tkacz and Tom Lee

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