Images of The Humor in Turkish Cultural Memory Before 9th Century

Veren E.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.119, pp.114-126, 2018 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 119
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.114-126


Laughing is a human-specific reaction and all humans are born with the capability to laugh. This reaction evolves from a chuckle to laughter to smile. Laughter is created in two ways, with the presence and lack of feeling within a person. One of the ways that laughter is created is through a physical reaction. The other way that laughter is created is through a reaction to humor. Although the reaction of laughter is not always dependent on humor, humorous factors may always make a person laugh. On the other hand, how did the Turks use humor? After the 106 century AC (After 10 AC) there are written sources of how the Turks use humor, but before the 9th century there are no studies on the relations of Turkish people with humor, in their lives. Therefore the time before the 9th century is chosen as the period of the study and the traces of humor before the 9th century will be investigated. The factors related to humor will be chosen from the Turkish mythology, the Kokturk monuments, old Turkish texts and the Chinese sources. The factors related to humor from these sources are used to construct a whole in relation the context of the theories of humor. As a result of the research before the 9th century vocabulary that bears humorous factors were found in mythology, dance, story, gravestones, communication through letters, practices and rituals casts and many areas, places and narrative styles with the functions of entertainment, relief, and irony.