FOLKLORC ELEMENTS IN TRAVEL BOOKS

Abstract

Author(s): Okan ALAY

It is possible to find various information on folklore in the Works written for folklore researchers in old ages. Travelogues which are among the written sources mentioned, carry significant information for folkloric studies. Travelogues, besides carrying important tips for science disciplines such as geography, history, sociology, religion, literature, also function as a source for folkloric researches with regard to many ingredients they host in their structure. Owing to these works, many folkloric elements of public culture belonging to different periods and places are able to reach today from centuries ago. In this study, we have used travel books because of the importance they have in terms of folklore. As a sample, we analysed five travel books: “?bni Batuta’s Travel Book”, 3rd and 4th volumes of travel book by Evliya Çelebi, “From Siberia” by W.Radlof, “ Five Cities” by Ahmet Hamdi Tanp?nar and “210 Days at Yesevi Land” by Berat Alptekin in which he tells about Kazakhstan. We evaluated the folkloric elements we found in those works under relevant titles determined by Archive Guidebook of Turkish Folklore. According to the results of our study, it is presented to attentions with concrete examples that travelogues contain remarkable information with regard to folkloric elements and these information is a valuable, important source for folklore researchers.

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