The Hero Who Brings the Spring: Bamsi Beyrek

Olcer Ozunel E.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.107, pp.34-48, 2015 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.34-48
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Texts of Dede Korkut attract attention with their multilayered structure. Texts which narrate the social, cultural, moral and strategic aspects of Oguz tribes are full of archaic myth elements which remain between the lines. Therefore, texts need to be read considering their mythical layers for a holistic understanding of these texts. The narrative Bay Bare Oglu Barns]. Beyrek in Dede Korkut narratives may not be comprehended thoroughly by taking just one layer into consideration. It is possible to see Islamic elements and also pre-Islamic beliefs and customs as well in these texts which are also described as the texts of transitional period. In this paper, Bay Bure Oglu Barns' Beyrek of Dede Korkut tribes is tried to be analyzed with an aspect which is overlooked up to today. Beyrek, in this article, is considered as a hero who is impersonated as the symbolic expression of the processes concerning the world as a planet. The journey of Bamsi. Beyrek as a hero is read rather becoming the symbolic manifestation of natural events or an individual journey. When the narrative is observed closely, it seen that, motifs are built with a circularity reminding spring myths and rituals. Being the basic motifs of the narrative, many elements such as childlessness, child marriage, meeting of Bamsi Beyrek and Banu Cicek, depiction Of the field on which Bairn Cicek's marquee is located, intense hunt of Dede Korkut and Deli Karcar contain myth particles regarding the coming of spring. Hence, motifs in question are analyzed in the paper and also circular construction in the narrative Bay Bare Oglu Bamsi Beyrek is revealed by giving examples from Turkish and world mythology.