A Cry from Khorasan to Keskin: Muharrem Ertas "Tracing the Minstrel Tradition from Central Asia to Anatolia Through the Multi-Layered Analysis of Kirat Bozlagi"

GÜRAY C. , Karadeniz I.

MILLI FOLKLOR, ss.76-93, 2019 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 122
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Dergi Adı: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.76-93


Abdal community and their traditions constitute a very important cultural context to transfer the effects of the Turkic settlements in Anatolia especially after the 116 century. Both the specific perception of the cosmos and the musical traditions reflecting this perception make the Abdal community and the Abdal minstrels - the carriers of the ancient minstrel tradition of Central Asia to Anatolia - one of the oldest elements of the memory tradition of Anatolian culture. The symbolic world, the tradition of oral-literature, the melodic and rhythmic structures and the characteristics of the musical forms are the four related layers enabling the production and the transmission of the minstrel music. The musical productions arousing through the performance of the Abdal minstrels appear as the main outcomes of this four-layered cultural model. Muharrem Ertas stands as a very critical source for this memory transmission due to his strong connections with the Central Asian music culture, due to his creative ability enabling him to achieve richness in melodic organizations and variety in musical forms and due to his relation with the history through mythology. Therefore, the detailed studies about the compositions performed and transmitted by Muharrem Ertas may construct a musical and literal connection between the specific minstrel traditions of the Central Asia and Anatolia. The four stepped analysis model proposed enable the examination of the four layers of the minstrel production mentioned above simultaneously and creates the chance of a detailed knowledge acquisition about the methods and approaches of production and transmission regarding this tradition.