SHEPHERDING AND LANDS FROM SHEPHERS PERSPECTIVE: MIKAIL KAPLAN AND AN INSTANCE OF ASAGI CAMLI VILLAGE

Abstract

Author(s): Cafer ZDEM?R, Davut KAPLAN

People were active through the history in the basic fields such as hunting, farming, agriculture, and industry in order to make a living. In the field of hunting, while wild animals were being hunted, some of the animals were domesticated and farming started to improve in time. Shepherding has gained importance as a field of occupation when care, maintenance requirements, and protection of animals of which amount and type rise constantly in time have appeared. This occupation has an important and valuable feature as well as having a historical value. Shepherding in Turks who have a profound historical background has improved accordingly in parallel with the importance they have attached to farming. Thereby, it is clear that a significant shepherding culture in among Turks has appeared over time. Shepherds, as they carry out an occupation based on experiences and information transfer occurring with master-apprenticeship relationship peculiar to itself, take place at the heart of that culture. In our study, shepherds' descriptions of lands and geographical regions in which they perform their activities will be examined in an instance of Mikail Kaplan. Within this context, the importance of "shepherding" concept among Turks will be touched on in this study.

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