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Arts: Storytellers and Raconteurs: Turkey
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In Turkish folklore and folk literature in general the narrators are masters of telling different kinds of tales. In the pre-Islamic period we encounter poets who were skilled in telling all types of of stories. For example, in the famous Central Asian epic, The Book of Dede Korkut, consisting of twelve destans or legends, the character Dede Korkut is a soothsayer and bard and serves to link the stories together. The stories contain sayings attributed to him. Under Islam, narrators or poets were legend and fairy tale narrators, mostly women. In …

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SaritaŞ, Süheyla, “Arts: Storytellers and Raconteurs: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0296f>
First published online: 2009

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