“Our children watch Marvel and Disney cartoons, where, unfortunately, non-traditional values that are alien to us are often praised. We must protect our culture, views. Our young generation must have the right images!” – Mufti of Tatarstan Kamil Samigullin and the author of the project “Tugan Batyr” Radik Abdrakhmanov noted during the presentation of the book “Legends of Tugan Batyr” – a fairy tale about a Tatar hero. The event took place the other day at the National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan and attracted the attention of the media, representatives of the Tatar stage and show business. How the idea to create a national hero came about, why there are children on the board of directors of the project, and how many books the authors plan to write – in our report.
“We must protect our culture and values”
On August 18, the presentation of the book “Legends of Tugan Batyr” took place at the National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan. Tugan Batyr is a national Tatar hero who combines all the legends, myths and tales of the people. Despite the day – the guests were invited by 2:00 pm, the exhibition hall was packed to capacity: representatives of the media, the Tatar stage and show business, the spiritual leaders of the republic dropped everything to be at the presentation.
“The idea that our children lack the image of a Tatar hero has been around for a long time,” recalls the mufti of Tatarstan Kamil Samigullin. – If you ask any Tatar who he knows from the national heroes, then most likely he will remember Shigabutdin Marjani, Kul Sharif. What about modern heroes? Whom should the younger generation focus on? Our children watch Marvel and Disney cartoons, where, unfortunately, non-traditional values that are alien to us are often praised. We must protect our culture, values, views. Our children must have the right images! A few years ago, when we discussed this topic with Radik Abdrakhmanov, co-owner of the Tugan Avylym national complex, we came to the conclusion that children lack the image of the Tatar batyr khan. Radik not only caught this idea, but also made every effort to implement it. And now we can observe the formation of a modern Tatar hero in the person of “Tugan Batyr”.
“A good legend will awaken the desire of every boy in Tatarstan to become a worthy son of his people”
The first book represents the beginning of the legend, where the main character is a brave boy, who at a young age is called Tugan Batyr for his courage, intelligence and love for his native land. According to the authors of the project, the revival of the image of Tugan Batyr will connect the history of the Tatar people with modern society and will be a factor that unites different generations.
“A good legend will awaken the desire of every boy in Tatarstan to become a worthy son of his people — a real Tugan Batyr,” says the author of the project, Radik Abdrakhmanov. – A fairy tale acts as a kind of code of value, ideology, way of thinking of the people and is revealed through the history and morality of the story. Through it, we influence generations: what idea readers will take out of a fairy tale, this will be the world of the future. Tugan Batyr is not just a little hero who does brave deeds and defends traditional values, his goal is much more global – to become a link between the traditions of the past and the current requirements for modern man. Tugan Batyr will reveal primordial national traditions for young people, instill respect for elders and show by his example how to preserve family traditions and culture.”
The main motives of Tugan Batyr are love for his native land, family, the desire to thank his parents and prove to them his affection, loyalty, as well as faith in high ideals and the desire to realize his desire for the reunification of the people, as in those myths, fairy tales and legends that he read in childhood.