Camel Play in The Context of Cultural Memory

Temur N.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.90, pp.156-163, 2011 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 90
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.156-163


In this study, the definition of cultural memory and cultural memory through the rituals,in the process of intergenerational transmission of socio-cultural functions are emphasized. The elements that belong to the cultural memory are transmitted by the types that belong to the oral tradition in the societies which don't have written language but have oral culture. In the process of this transfer, the education which Bascom lines up among the functions of folklore that is the function of the movement of culture to the future generations overlaps to the function of the camel game-the subject of our work. This camel play is based on a real immigration event. After that, this event is mythicized by adding extraordinary elements. In the next stage, this legend is formatted like a play and then it is turned into a method for encoding cultural identity and today this method is used actively and consciously. Migration is a beginning for the history of Salar, there is no beginning than this for Salars. Salars perceive this not as a historical point but as a remembrance figure of extraordinary cases. The transferring functions of cultural identity for future generations are tried to be evaluated in the various perspectives by being performed and dramatized the immigration narrative belong to the Salar -an oral text as a fundamental part of the wedding ceremony with the name of a transitional ritual.