Natural Events During The Mystical Journey From Central Asia To Anatolia

Turan F. A.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.90, pp.49-59, 2011 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 90
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.49-59


In Central Asia, the beliefs about the sun, the moon, the solar and lunar eclipse, thunderbolts and rainbow are related to the belief of Gok Tanri (the Sky God). In Turkish beliefs, in the long period from Central Asia times until the settlements in Anatolia, the Gok was sacred. According to the Ancient Turks' beliefs, Tanri (God) is in the highest part of the sky. The fact that the sky embraces all the universe and houses the sun, the moon and the stars that drives away the darkness, the source of evil, explains why the Turks hold the sky in the high esteem. People have given a high status to the sky, the heavenly bodies and the natural events happening in the sky and influencing the surface of the world. Ass result, some beliefs and rituals about the sky, the sun, the moon and certain natural events have come into being. In the Turkish mythology, the creation of the sun, the moon and the other heavenly bodies as well as eclipses are mentioned.