SOME CONSIDERATIONS ON THE "MYTH" AS A FOLKLORISTICS TERM

Abstract

Author(s): Ferhat ASLAN

The terminology issue comes up during one of the anonymous folk narrations’, the myths’, collection in the field. Within this study, the word “myth” is examined through various meanings attributed to it. The folklorist, on fieldwork in order to compile a “myth”, faces the difficulties caused by the meanings attributed to the word “myth” by the sources. In the study, to present the reasons of these difficulties, first of all, the various meanings attributed to the term “myth” have been emphasized in Turkish among different centuries. Then, it’s been studied to determine the meanings for the word “myth” had been used in daily life since 16th century to this day from the data both by written works generated in the written culture and media organs and source contacts. Last, the meanings for the word, description and the characteristics of the myths after the word “myth” is acknowledged as a science branch of folklore in Turkey have been mentioned.

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