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...
Turkish folklore - Wikipedia
Oil wrestling
Interesting document about wrestling in Turkey showing rules, philosophy and way of this year number one wrestler through some tournament, he is beaten in se...
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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Ballos (dance)
The Ballos Sirtos (Greek: Μπάλος) (from the Italian ballo via Latin "ballo" which derives from the Greek verb "βαλλίζω" ballizo, "to dance, to jump"), is one of the best known Greek folk island d...
Shadow theatre
Shadow play or also known as shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated figures (shadow puppets) to create cut-out figures which are held between ...
Shadow theatre - Wikipedia
Su iyesi
In Turkic mythology, Su Iyesi (Tatar: Су Иясе or Su İyäse, Chuvash: Шыв Ийĕ, Sakha: Уу Иччи; literally "water master") is a water spirit. It corresponds to the nymph in Turkic cultures. It is a disemb...
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
Bar (dance)
Bar is a form of folk dance of Eastern Turkey. The word bar is from the Armenian word "Պար" (bar) which means dance. With their structure and formation, they are the dances performed by groups in the ...
Bar (dance) - Wikipedia
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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Kosa (folklore)
Kosa (Turkish: Kosa or "Koça", Azerbaijanese: Qoça) or Qochaqan (Turkish: Koçagan) is a spring feast and festival Turkic and Altai folklore. Arranged for the god that called Kocha Khan (Turkish: Koça ...
Orek
An Orek (Turkish: Örek, Azerbaijanese: Örək, Tatar: Өрәк or Öräk, Bashkort: Өрәк) in Turkic folklore is an animated corpse brought back to life by mystical means such as witchcraft. It is an animated ...
Pakta
Pakta (Turkish: Pakta, Azerbaijanese: Paqta) or Paqtaqan (Turkish: Paktagan) is an autumn feast and festival Turkic and Altai folklore. Arranged for the god that called Pakta. So this is a blessing, f...
Shahmaran
Shahmaran (Persian: شاهماران, Kurdish: Şahmaran, Şamaran; Turkish: Şahmeran, Tatar: Şahmara / Шаһмара / شاهمار, literally, shah (king) of the snakes.) is a mythical creature from the folklore of the K...
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Kaloghlan
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...
Ergene iyesi
In Turkic mythology Ergene iyesi (Turkish: Ergene iyesi, Azerbaijanese: Ərgənə iyesi) is an underground spirit. It is the protector spirit of mine pit, and can turn into ("shapeshifting") an animal. (...
Ergene iyesi - Wikipedia
Al (folklore)
Al (or Hal; Armenian: Ալ or Ալք, Mongol: Гал "Qal", Oirat: Һал, Persian: آل, Russian: Алы, Turkish: Al, Azerbaijanese: Xal, ) is a class of demon in the folklore of the Caucasus, Iran, Central Asia, A...
Abzar iyesi
In Turkic and Tatar mythologies Abzar iyesi (Tatar: Абзар иясе or Abzar İyäse sometimes Abzar Äbise) is a household spirit. It is the protector spirit of courtyard. (The word "İye" means owner, master...
Oğuz Tansel
Oğuz Tansel (February 15, 1915, Meyre, Konya - October 30, 1994, Ankara) was a Turkish poet and folklorist.
Tansel graduated from Davutpaşa junior high school and Pertevniyal high school in İstanb...
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...
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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Kolbasti
Kolbastı is a popular Turkish dance. It was originally created in the 1930s in the seaport of Trabzon on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey. Loosely translated, 'kolbastı' means 'caught red-...
Tromakton
Tromakton (Greek: τρομακτόν) is a Greek dance that usually precedes or follows a Tik. It is a fast dance which has a distinct double bounce which becomes more vigorous as the dance goes on. It is ...
Almas (cryptozoology)
The Almas (Mongolian: Алмас/Almas, Bulgarian: Алмас, Chechen: Алмазы, Turkish: Albıs), Mongolian for "wild man", is a purported hominid cryptozoological species reputed to inhabit the Caucasus and Pam...
Tamzara
Tamzara (Armenian: Թամզարա; Greek: Τάμσαρα or Τάμζαρα) is an Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek folk dance native to Anatolia. Name is derived from an Armenian village located in the region of Nik...
Islamic view of Solomon
Solomon (Arabic سليمان Sulaymān) was, according to the Qur'an, a king of ancient Israel as well as the son of David. The Qur'an recognizes Solomon as a prophet and a divinely-appointed monarch. Is...
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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....
Uylak
Uylak in Turkic mythology, (Azerbaijanese: Uylax) is a male or female witch or spirit.They are thought to be people connected to the Devil, and are capable of harming other human beings by sending il...
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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