This article examines the role of folk narratives and images drawn from the “senescent past” to express new meanings in the present day. Focusing on two cases from Mongolian demonology, I discuss the contexts in which traditional characters and motifs from the folk repertoire are actualized anew, the various ways their images and plots are updated, and the forms of their adaptation in contemporary Mongolia. This article is based on fieldwork data I collected in the course of annual expeditions to various parts of Mongolia between 2006 and 2018, as well as narratives documented during the early and mid-twentieth century.
"New Life of Old Mongolian Demons,"
Narrative Culture: Vol. 8:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/narrative/vol8/iss2/7