The one-hundredth year of folklore A brief perspective on the folk medicine studies

Saltik Ozkan T.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.99, pp.137-144, 2013 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.137-144
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


This study was prepared as a brief evaluation about what place the field of "folk medicine" has within the folklore studies made from when the term folklore started to be used up until the present-day. Changes have been observed over time in the folklore definitions, research methods and research staffs. The folk medicine research studies have also been a part of this process. No doubt, the history of what has been written on the folk medicine applications or the studies that include within them the folk medicine applications can be dated back to much older times. However, this study has focused on the folk medicine studies realized by publications, associations and institutes, journals and academic units, which have had a determining role in the history of folklore. In this context, first of all, the initial articles prepared at the beginning of the folklore studies in Turkey were treated within the perception of folklore. Subsequently, folklore was treated in the context of relations with folk medicine for the academic folklore studies within a historical succession that started with the Turk Ocaklari, Turk Yurdu Journal, Istanbul Belediye Konservatuari, Tiirkiyat EnstitUsii, Turk Dil Kurumu, Etnokrafya Turk Halkbilgisi Derneki, Halkbilgisi Haberleri, Halkevleri established by the state for public instruction and social events and the Dil ye Tarih Cotrafya FakUltesi. The folk medicine studies determined within this framework were examined from the aspect of contents, method and terminology and the perspective of the folk medicine applications were studied by these means on a chronological foundation. Place was given in the study to the methods and perspectives of the medical, pharmaceutical, cultural, anthropological, sociological and folklore disciplines related to folk medicine within this advancing historical process and the current situation of the folk medicine studies was mentioned briefly.