THE STORY COLLECTION OF ZARİF TÜRK AND THE STORY OF NİSA HANIM AND HÜSEYİN BEY

Hülya TAŞ

ABSTRACT

The Folk tales has a privilegedplace in Turkishliterature. Thesenarrativesthat has beenrelayedfromonegenerationtoanother is especiallyimportant in Central andEastern Anatolia. Beforerapidtechnologicprogressalteredthe life, folk talesthataretold in longwinternights in “köy odaları”, “kahvehaneler” andweddings, folk songsand folk gameskeptthe folk culturealive. Thistraditionthatsurvivedintothe 21th century is stillalivethoughlostmost of itsglamour.

Zarif Türk, a traditional folk tale teller wasborn in Zara county of Sivas but it waswritten as 1931 Ağrı Tutak in his ID paper. Zarif Türk waswed in 1952 and had eightchildrenfromthisweddingand he had also a sister. Zarif Tutak worked as a farmerandtold folk tales on occasions. He migratedto Bursa in 1999. He was of Terekeme/Karapapakorigin, illiterate, did not how toplay saz andlostmost of his eye-sightwhile he was a child. Six folk taleswerecompiledfromhim, theseare “Ercişli Emrah and Selvihan”, “Lâtif Şah”, “Sevdakâr”, “Üreyze Nisa Hanım and Hüseyin Bey”, “Yaralı Mahmut ve Zülâl Şah” and “İbrahim Bey”. Inthisstudy, “Üreyze Nisa Hanım and Hüseyin Bey” tale, which is fivehourslong has somefantasticelements, will be examinedaccordingtoitsepisodes, setting, characters, style, invertedsentences, dialogues, answersandquestions, digressions, tropesandproverbs.

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