Identity of Turkish Storyteller

Ergun P.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.104, pp.33-45, 2014 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 104
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.33-45


The storyteller's identity is lies mythological roots in the Turkish world. It is believed that storyteller of the first ancestors are trained, just as the first administrators and the first shamans, at the beginning of the creation by God to sent underground by Erlik. In this way, the first narrators learned "reals" about Erlik/Demon and they intended to protect him and their communities by telling tales. The storytellers identity that symbol looks like the transition from the mythological world to real world is shaped within the framework of the traditional wordview. According to the traditional worlview of vitality, in the Turkishness geography of various regions, such as believed to be storyteller of the protective spirits, they skills are pass from generation to generation, they are passing disease similar shaman disease and they take ability to dream are mythological roots of Turkish tale tellers identifying. But it is possible, in the geographys where religions rooted there, the traditional worlview to become indistinct, so storytellers as staying away from these roots, the loss of meaning and function. For example, in the Anatolian Turkish Islamic culture, storytellers sanctity and function is passed to the hodja. The most important indicator, examples of secondary verbal memory, which is the most dominant character in the TV screen, the hodja has been especially the most sought narrators of Ramadan programs, who the Islamic stories can tell a great expertly. However, the traditional culture teller must also be given due importance, because it is believed to be God created many nations and to approach these creation of wisdom.