Epic poem by Dede Gorgud discussed in Turkey [PHOTO]


By Laman Ismayilova

Within the framework of the 26th International Festival of Culture and Art of Dede Gorgud in Bayburt, Turkey, a panel discussion was held on “The spiritual legacy of Dede Gorgud on the Turkish world”, reports Azernews, citing Azertac .

The first group was chaired by Prof. Alpaslan Ceylan, and the second group was chaired by Prof. Zakir Avshar.

Famous scientists of the Turkic world, Firudin Aghasioglu, Naila Askar, Ahmet Bican Ercilasun, Metin Akici, Mutlu Turkmen, Fatih Kirisciogluna and Kenan Charboga shared their opinions on the peoples and geographical names mentioned in the epics of Gorgud.

The Book of Dede Gorgud is a heroic epic poem of the Oghuz – a Turkic tribal group, who were the ancestors of the Azerbaijanis, Turks, Turkmens and Gagauzes. In terms of historical and cultural significance, this saga is a great testimony to the culture of the Turkish world in ancient and medieval times.

The character of Dada Gorgud is at the center of the book. He is the book’s narrator and one of its main characters. As a storyteller, he seems to have lived longer than most of the people who are the protagonists of his story. His most important function is at the end of each story where he makes a moral statement to sum up the plot.

Professor Alpaslan Ceylan pointed out that there is a serious need for in-depth research of the common historical heritage in the Turkish world, especially in Azerbaijan, in relation to the events dedicated to Dede Gorgud.

Recalling that the national leader Heydar Aliyev signed a decree in 1997 within the framework of the 1300th anniversary of the Kitabi Dede Gorgud, Professor Zakir Avshar said that all the works carried out in this direction bring unprecedented contributions to the history and the common turkish culture.

Expressing that the legacy of Dede Gorgud has a broad influence on the modern thinking of the Turkish people, the speakers held in-depth discussions on historical cultural places and monuments on the territory of Armenia. It has been claimed that all the historical and cultural traces in this geography and the heritage related to the human factor are of Turkish origin.

Scientists rated Dede Gorgud’s research of Azerbaijani heritage, writing works on this subject and publishing books as a great contribution to the whole Turkish world. It was noted that closer cooperation between Turkish states in this field is important for the development of common history and culture.

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