Author(s): Ejder OKUMU

Evliya Çelebi (1611-1682), a big slamic traveller of XVIIth century, travelled, saw, observed, and wrote long years and left for us Seyahatnâme (Travel Book) which is a very beautiful, important, and great source work in ten volumes. This book gives important informations about Anatolia and is our only domestic source regarding a lot of subjects. In Seyahatnâme there are the extensive and detailed information about the geographical structure, history, folklore, and socio-cultural, religious, demographic, political, economic, anthropological, ethnological and sociological situations of numerous place. Evliya Çelebi, in his work, expertly descripts the social aspects of residential units where sees and observes, and habdles the everyday life; the women-men relations; the food and drinks; the culture of name; the urbanism; the social differentiation; the culture of pleasure, recreation and rest; the culture of clothing, music, art, profession and craft; the belief and religion; the love; the nature-human relations, the social problems, the population, the economic resources, political relations and the rebellions and conflicts of cases various strata of society with its own methods and approaches. The biographies occupies an important place in the themes Evliya Çelebi handles. Traveller provides information about the life of the religious-historical figures, accesses the original information about how they are perceived by people in their places and what kind of place they have in popular culture with observation and interview techniques and by taking advantage of the historical, folkloric, and "sociological" perspectives. In this context, Evliya Celebi provides the remarkable information about Veysel Karani (Uveys el-Karenî/Karnî) (555/560-657) who is a historical figure, and also has become a meta-historical mythological hero in popular religion. This study covers the information Evliya Celebi reveals about Veysel Karani in his Seyahatnâme.


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