Authors : Ahmet Gokcegozoglu & Mustafa Serbes
Abstract: One of the love-themed sagas in Turkmen saga tradition is the saga of ̳Varka-Gülşa‘ which has been popular among the Turkmen. It is seen that the saga has gained a richer content as a result of the influence of Turkmen culture. Love-themed Turkmen sagas have bard-narration, folk-narration and written variants. The saga of ̳Varka-Gülşa‘ is a good example of them. In the saga, Varka and Gülşa fall in love with each other. Later in the saga, the chain of events comes out after the death of Varka‘s father. Varka and Gülşa are not allowed to marry. Varka gets away from his homeland. And Gülşa is forced to have a marriage with someone else. In the saga, the lovers finally reunite after suffering from a long-lasting pain of separation. However, they remain together for a short time. In this paper, a concise summary of the three different variants of the saga of ̳Varka-Gülşa‘ will be provided and subsequently an episode analysis will be done.
Keywords: Turkmen, Saga, Variant, Varka-Gülşa.
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International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies
ISSN 2520-0968 (Online), ISSN 2409-1294 (Print), October 2015, Vol.2, No.2