ON THE MYTHOLOGICAL ROOTS OF RABBIT BELIEF IN ALEVI BEKTASHI CULTURE


Ergun P.

TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI, sa.60, ss.281-312, 2011 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 60
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Dergi Adı: TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.281-312

Özet

In this article, the mythological past of rabbit taboo in Turkish culture specifically in Alevi Bektashi culture will be evaluated and the parallelisms in the history of Turkish culture and geography will be analyzed with comparative descriptive analysis method. Rabbit taboo in Alevi Bektashi culture and the reasons of this belief have given some clues about the rabbit in Turkish mythical thought. Reasons put forward, the former being adapted to the new religion is nothing more than beliefs. The legend imputed to Satuk Bugra Han, the new and the old beliefs in religion and the triumph of the rabbit seems to be the first collision. Throughout history, rabbit motif has been seen in the scepters of Sultans and the decorations of some mosques of the first period of Turkish architecture. Today, the place of rabbit in Turkish mythological thought is about to be forgotten.