On The Turkish Mythological Roots of Believe Which The Stork is Brings Babies into The World

Ergun P.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.89, pp.133-146, 2011 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.133-146
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


In this paper, as well as the Turks, ancient Rome, Prussia, Germany, Poland and Switzerland, and even Indian, Armenian, and Slavic Mansi nations have an important role in the belief systems of the stork, on the basis of beliefs about the birth of the babies were examined. The detections and evaluations show that stork belief that has a place in our world can not be neglected; "hite lies" about the babies' being brought by storks to the world is related to the female soul Umay's being accepted within a bird form that gave way to the perception of human soul's resembling to the bird. This relationship turned aout tobe the relation between the baby and stork in Anatolia. This mythological root about storks are reflected today with some of the jokes, idioms, ethereal folk songs, children's playground rhymes, fairy tales, birth rituals, evil practices and so on. The tasks given to Umay about creation are still continued by some symbols. If Umay as the protector of children do not obey the mythological rules she becomes to Black Umay/Imay. Black Umay ca take soul back as the punishment. Eggs, nests, brood, "bala" naming common origin looks as background of this mythical bird-soul of icebergs. All of these icons and images are integral to the characteristics of Turkish mythological thinking.