Traces of Myths in the Works of Halikarnas Balikcisi and Their Contributions to Comparative Mythology


MILLI FOLKLOR, no.97, pp.39-52, 2013 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 97
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.39-52
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Myths both create primary literary text of oral tradition periods and constitute a source of inspiration for contemporary literature. Many authors employ the mythical elements in their fictional works with the aim of providing meaningfulness or transform legends. However, Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, also known as Halikarnas Balikcisi, an important figure of Turkish literature, goes beyond the use of myths as literary materials and has started to be accepted as a mythologist. He reveals the significance of Anatolian myths for the whole civilization history with his studies on mythology, especially in comparative mythology. Kabaagacli, who argues that Hellenic culture glorified and embraced by the West is actually originating from Anatolia, was one of the people who carry out the comparative mythology studies. This study concentrates on analysing mythical elements in the certain mythological studies of the author, Hey Koca Yurt, Anadolu Tanrilari, Anadolu Efsaneleri, Merhaba Anadolu and Anadolu'nun Sesi, and evaluating the way in which myths are approached. It's also targeted to present the author's contributions to comparative mythology. In this paper, it is targeted to draw attention to the contributions of Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli to mythological studies, his being the initiator of comparative mythology studies in Turkey, and it is also aimed to demonstrate the importance of Anatolian myths in the civilization myths.