Sapashev O.

Avrasyada Türkiyat ve Şarkiyat Araştırmaları, vol.1, pp.245-250, 2018 (Conference Book)


Ancient Turkic culture is represented by certain details of traditions and standards based on a mentality associated with mythology. The ancient Turks created their own symbolic world. Folk monuments and art based on ancestor worship are central to the culture of medieval nomads.

Epic tales, funerary epigraphy, monumental

sculptures, rock paintings have retained their vivid feature and deep meaning in the context of world culture and art history.

In general, according to the traditional ancient Turkic worldview, the world was assessed not only by levels and layers, but was practiced emotionally, not as a set of symbols, but as an action, change, in constant dynamics. The main function of the world is the continuity of life, its constant renewal. Being part of the world, man interested in this. In order to continue, all rituals, traditions, holidays were focused. All actions related to natural rhythms (time, the change of seasons and the movement of space objects) and practice (cattle breeding, worship of natural forces and the cult of ancestors). According to the hostile faith of the ancients

Turks, the soul of a dead person could be placed in a stone statue by a "shaman". The statue was prepared for the funeral and was placed near the "dwelling". He represented the deceased himself as if he had attended his own funeral.