you can add the epic issue type to the project and you'll be able to see them on your board but not like on a scrum board.
if you want epics and a backlog, you could start a scrum board with an eternal sprint or a monthly/yearly sprint.
Would that help?
That could work, if you just add the issuetype to the project and all.
However I'm unsure about whether epics can be used easily as swimlanes because the epic-issue link is different than the issue-subtask link in Jira.
So you might need to set up custom swimlanes (based on JQL filters).
This is an interesting idea, let me know if you succeed. Thank you.
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