Songs constitute a big and important part of Mongolian folklore. The accompany a Mongol thought his life serving as means of expression and communication. Basically, there are two types of songs: short and long. The former, in terms of form, content and function, are similar to songs found across the world. They treat human feelings such as love, longing and grief and maybe lyrical, comical, satirical, etc. More elaborate in form are the long songs, which have more specific functions, such as opening or closing important public or private festivities and ceremonies or extolling the winner of some contest They are more elevated in style and philosophical in content and deal with such notions as the sun, the Universe and Man in this system, and ideas such as state and statehood, the relationship between Man and Nature, the meaning of life.