Koroglu, Karacaoglan, and Pir Sultan Abdal Poetry in the Context of Primary Oral Culture: Historical Figures or Type-Characters of Oral Culture?

Aksoy Sheridan R. A.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.79, pp.50-58, 2008 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.50-58
  • Keywords: Primary Oral Culture, Koroglu, Karacaoglan, Pir Sultan Abdal, type-characters in oral culture, traditional hero
  • TED University Affiliated: No


This study, based in a theoretical background consisting of Walter J. Ong's views on "primary oral culture" as well as Lord Raglan's deliberations on the relation between "the traditional hero" and the mythical plane, will defend the idea that Koroglu, Karacaoglan, and Pir Sultan Abdal should be considered as type-characters produced within oral culture. The study will then put forward a premise concerning the oral cultural contexts within which these oral type-characters were produced, as well as the functions which they fulfill within those contexts.