Saikal: animated short of Kyrgyzstan’s original nomad warrior woman

“I’ll kill your leader Manas, I’ll smother your soul. I will defy your hopes. I will kill your people.”

Such are the words of Kyrgyz folk heroine Saikal, to the folk hero Manas, before engaging him in battle. Here’s an animated version of part of her story, as sung by a Kyrgyz woman in traditional attire.

(and yes, Saikal is on the RP list. thanks to Chris for sending this in!)