THE COMPANION TRADITION AMONG THE ALEWIS OF CORUM


Yakici A., Ozdemir N.

TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI, no.64, pp.249-270, 2012 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 64
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Title of Journal : TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.249-270

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the companion tradition among the Alewis of Corum; by means of the names attributed to companions, the views and comments on the origins or sources of companionship, the social status and functions of companions, required characteristics of companions, the jobs of companions, space and time of their performance, the styles or features of their performance, and give information about the living companion, dede(grandfather) and arias (mother). The article is a field research based on examination. During the case study, such tasks as interviewing with the companions, dede (grandfather) and ana (mother), the representatives of the tradition, participating djems, collecting data through observation and interviewing techniques, have been carried out. During the case study, a tape recorder was used. In the study, observations and experiences of some researcher/ researchers who themselves have grown up in the same culture, have been included occasionally. In the study, based on transmitting oral and original sources, it is aimed to obtain exact information and draw a sound conclusion through a comparative method, with reference to the written documents on the issue as well. In this study, it has been observed that for the Alewis of Corum; the people enrapturing the spirits by means of their breaths, playing according to the performance of djem, and deciding upon the the course of discussions, and carrying out the daily tasks during the dede's journey, are called "zakir" and "asik" along with the name kamber, and the most common names used among them are "zakir" and "asik; and the person described as kamber(companion), zakir or asik is noticed to have been fulfilling any of the duties of "peyk", "meydanci", "ibrikci", "gozcu", "sofraci" during djem.