The author examines the ethnographic data on different ethnic groups in seven Uzbek variants of the epic poem Alpamïsh recorded in the first half of the twentieth century in different parts of the Zerafshan Lower Valley. One of the main issues considered is the role of cult of saints and of totemic cults in the spiritual life of the population of the Zerafshan Valley.

Aftandil S. Erkinov, Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies, Tashkent
CER: II-5.3.A-465