TURKISH SACRIFICE AND BURIAL TRADITIONS IN THE YEN?SEY (YEN?SE?) REGION

Abstract

Author(s): Sava? E??LMEZ

The concept of death, which means "end of life" in the dictionary, is usually defined as the loss of the material source of life by the separation of the soul from the body. This process, which is the inevitable fate of human beings, has been a subject of curiosity for centuries and the burial customs formed around this interest have come to life in various traditions, from culture to culture. The sacrifice tradition is also as old as human history. In many society, bloody or bloodless sacrifices dedicated to sacred values with different traditions and over time these have become strong traditions. In this study, the sacrifice and burial customs of the Kyrgyz, who have managed to preserve their name and culture from the Huns to the present, one of the oldest Turkish communities and made their way to the historical scene in the Yenisei region, examined. In the course of this research, the sacrifice and burial traditions of other Central Asian-based Turkish communities were investigated and compared with the traditions of the Kyrgyz living in the Yenisei region. Withal, the changes of these old traditions in course of time, the reasons for the change discussed and evaluated in the traces from the past and in the ongoing sacrifice and burial customs of today.

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