Archaic Functions Of Fire And Saber-"Kylych" In The Crimean Tatrian Folklore


The article describes the little-studied archaic functions of fire in the Crimean Tatar folklore. The question of studying religious and mythological views, distinguishing from them the echoes of ancient beliefs about fire, preserved in the oral folk prose of the Turkic peoples, has been going on for more than two centuries and includes several stages. The analysis of the poetic and compositional system of oral folk prose can to some extent become an approach to the further description of the Crimean Tatar mythology, the identification of archetypal plots that have formed the folk worldview since ancient times. According to the ancient ideas of the people, the magical power of fire, inherent in mythical creatures, was gradually transmitted in folklore narrations to a person, mainly a fairy-tale hero. Fire was associated in the national consciousness not only with courage but also with purification and rebirth to life. The author's reflections on the role of various taboos and initiations associated with the miraculous power of the saber-"kylych" in the development of the plot of Crimean Tatar fairy tales are of serious importance for the emerging fairy-tale studies.

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Seferova, E. E. (2021). Archaic Functions Of Fire And Saber-"Kylych" In The Crimean Tatrian Folklore. In D. K. Bataev, S. A. Gapurov, A. D. Osmaev, V. K. Akaev, L. M. Idigova, M. R. Ovhadov, A. R. Salgiriev, & M. M. Betilmerzaeva (Eds.), Social and Cultural Transformations in The Context of Modern Globalism, vol 117. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 2465-2474). European Publisher.