Udmurt <i>Mad’</i> Song: Paradox of a Genre

  • Irina Nurieva Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Udmurt Institute of History, Language and Literature


The genre system of Udmurt folk songs has been researched by scholars many times. The accumulation and publication of new folklore and ethnographic material requires reconsideration of the general concept and definition. The folklore of northern Udmurtia gives interesting material for the study of the origins of some genres and of their interconnections. For example, the researching of the Udmurt mad' song genre, which is associated with popular Udmurt and Russian songs today, within the overall context of the Udmurt genre system, and use of comparison materials from the Komi and Ob Ugrians, has lead to ideas about the magical character of this genre and its syncretism (the song fairytale, the song riddle, the song dialogue).
How to Cite
NURIEVA, Irina. Udmurt Mad’ Song: Paradox of a Genre. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 69-76, may 2011. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <http://jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/56>. Date accessed: 26 mar. 2023.


Udmurts; Besermians; plot songs; mad’; drinking songs; song dialogue