Turkish folk literature
Turkish folk literature is an oral tradition deeply rooted, in its form, in Central Asian nomadic traditions. However, in its themes, Turkish folk literature reflects the problems peculiar to a settli...
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Turkish folklore
The tradition of folklore—folktales, jokes, legends, and the like—in the Turkish language is very rich, and is incorporated into everyday life and events.
Perhaps the most popular figure in the tr...
Ev iyesi
Ev iyesi (Tatar: Öy İyäse or Öy Atası sometimes Өй бәкчәсе "House Guard") is a household deity in Turkish mythology. Also known as Uy (Oy) iyesi or Yurt iyesi.Ev iyesi is a deity or spirit that protec...
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Al Basti
Al Basty (Turkish: Albastı; Tatar, Kyrgyz, Kazakh: Албасты, Chuvash: Алпастă, Azerbaijanese: Albasdı, Russian: Албасты́) or Al Kardai is an ancient female spirit, the personification of guilt, found i...
İncili Çavuş
İncili Çavuş or Mustafa Çavuş was a figure of comic wisdom during the Ottoman era. He may possibly have been a real person.His birth date is not known. There are several theories about his birthplace....
The Silent Princess
The Silent Princess is a Turkish fairy tale. Andrew Lang included it in The Olive Fairy Book. It contains inset tales that are similar to ones in Arabian Nights.
A pasha's son one day was playin...
Alaturbi
Alaturbi is a Turkish festival celebrated in Akcaabat and Besikdüzü (west of Trabzon) on 29 June - 6 July with the participation of Cephni Turkomans in honour of the sea.The peoples of the Anatolian P...
Oil wrestling
Oil wrestling (Turkish: yağlı güreş), also called grease wrestling, is the Turkish national sport. It is so called because the wrestlers douse themselves with olive oil. The term "güreş" is shared...
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The Boy Who Found Fear At Last
The Boy Who Found Fear At Last is a Turkish fairy tale collected by Ignaz Kunos in Türkische Volksmärchen. Andrew Lang included it in The Olive Fairy Book
A woman had an only son. During a storm...
Gelin
Gelin (or Nife in Greek, meaning bride) is beautiful woman with long hair and a white wedding dress riding on a white horse in Turkish and Anatolian Greek folklore, particularly on Heybeliada. She is ...
Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman
Teeny-Tiny And The Witch-Woman is a story written by Barbara K. Walker and illustrated by Michael Foreman based on an old Turkish folk tale. The story was first published in 1975 by Pantheon Books and...
Çenebaz Osman Efendi
Çenebaz Osman Efendi (Osman Efendi the Chatterer or the Loudmouthed), formally named as Yenişehirli Osman Efendi (either from Yenişehir near Bursa, or from Giannitsa, now in Greece, which was also cal...
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Nasreddin Hoca
Nasreddin was a Seljuq satirical Sufi, believed to have lived and died during the 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a p...
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Lake Van Monster
The Lake Van Monster, (Turkish: Van Gölü Canavarı, Armenian: Վանա լիճ Vana lich) is a legendary creature that allegedly lives in Lake Van.
The Lake Van Monster was not reported until 1995 in Lake ...
Turkish dance
Turkish dance refers to the folk dances of Turkey. On the border between Europe and the Middle East, facing three seas, straddling important trade routes, Turkey has an ancient and complicated cultur...
Nasreddin
Nasreddin was a Seljuq satirical Sufi, believed to have lived and died during the 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a p...
Nasreddin - Wikipedia
Tavara
Davara is a demon of the night or nightmare in Turkish folklore of the Trabzon region.
Tavara - Wikipedia
Karagiozis
Karagiozis or Karaghiozis (Modern Greek: Καραγκιόζης, Turkish; Karagöz) is a shadow puppet and fictional character of Greek folklore, originating in the Turkish shadow play Karagöz and Hacivat. He...
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Keloğlan
Keloğlan (Turkish: bald boy) is a fictional character in Turkish culture.
As a well-known character - also known as keleşoğlan - Keloğlan has the problem of being bald from birth. He is the substi...
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Jinn
Jinn, jann or djinn (singular: jinnī, djinni, or genie; Arabic: الجن‎ al-jinn, singular الجني al-jinnī) are supernatural creatures in Islamic mythology as well as pre-Islamic Arabian mytholo...
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Kırkpınar
Kırkpınar is a Turkish oil-wrestling (Turkish: yağlı güreş) tournament. It is held annually, usually in late June, near Edirne, Turkey since 1346.
Before each bout, the wrestlers pour olive oi...
Kırkpınar - Wikipedia
Kolot
Kolot is a bun eaten in Trabzon in Turkey. It is made from salt, flour and oil collected from seven different houses, water brought from seven different rivers, and last of all seven pieces of wood co...
Madschun
Madschun is a Turkish fairy tale from Andrew Lang's The Olive Fairy Book. Once, there was a young man who, even from childhood, had never grown any hair. One day, he saw the Sultan's daughter and beca...
Ahriyan
Ahriyan is the name of a people from Tonya and Beshikdüzü (Trabzon). The name was given by Salpazarı Turkomans. It means "native" (Anatolian, Greek origin) or "not Turkoman". It also means “oppressive...
Karakucak
Karakucak or karakucak güreşi is one of the two Turkish folk wrestling styles practised nationwide and sanctioned by the Turkish Wrestling Federation. Like all other Turkish folk wrestling styles, kar...
Karakoncolos
The kallikantzaros (Greek: Καλλικάντζαρος; pl. kallikantzaroi) is a malevolent goblin in Southeastern European and Anatolian folklore. Stories about the kallikantzaros or its equivalents can be f...
Jereed
Jereed (also jerreed, jerid, or jerrid; Turkish: Cirit) is a traditional Turkish equestrian team sport played outdoors on horseback in which the objective is to score points by throwing a blunt wo...
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Karagöz and Hacivat
Karagöz (meaning blackeye in Turkish) and Hacivat (shortened in time from "Hacı İvaz" meaning "İvaz the Pilgrim", and also sometimes written as Hacivad) are the lead characters of the traditional Turk...
Karagöz and Hacivat - Wikipedia
Kadirga Festival
The Kadirga Festival is the most famous of all Turkish festivities. The festival takes place in one of the yayla (plateaus) about 25 kilometers from Tonya (a town in Trabzon Province).The magnificent ...
Kadirga Festival - Wikipedia