FOLK NARRATIVES ABOUT SOMUNCU BABA IN THE FRAMEWORK OF FOLK ?SLAM

Abstract

Author(s): Behiye KKSEL

The purpose of this article to emphasize folk ?slam as an area of folklore. Folk ?slam includes folk belief, magical folk medicine, sacred narratives and folk sophism. In this study, our main topic is sacred narratives. Examples of sacred narratives are related to Somuncu Baba. In this kind of legends only people and names are changed, but motifs are not changed. Somuncu Baba is claimed by Aksaray, Bursa and Darende. In this article, motifs of the legends related to Somuncu Baba are investigated. The text based method is used for examining the legends in the framework of Somuncu Baba culte. The motifs that mentioned in sacred narratives about Somuncu Baba are: a. Appearing in multiple locations in the same time. b. Acceptance of prayer c. Communicating with animals. d. Cooking without fire. e. Having insight that he will die. These motifs have been studied in the context of folk Islam. The religious-mythological roots of these motifs were evaluated. The appearance in multiple locations of Somoncu Baba means crossing the borders of space and time. This reminds Shaman’s wondering of s?ky’s levels. His communication with animals also shares the same footprints with stories about prophets. There are also other sacred people in these sacred narratives. Emir Sultan witnesses Somuncu Baba's cooking without fire. Somuncu Baba calls Hac? Bayram Veli when he feels he is going to die.

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