Azerbaijani folklore

Azerbaijani folklore is the folk tradition of Azerbaijanis which has developed throughout the centuries.

Azerbaijani folklore is embodied explicitly in a large collection of narratives and implicitly in representational arts, such as vase painting and votive gifts.[1]

Sources of Azerbaijani folklore

Azerbaijani myths mainly based on the heroism and wisdom of a human being, which demonstrated in epics such as Epic of Köroğlu, Book of Dede Korkut and Əsli və Kərəm.[2][3][4]


The story of Köroǧlu (lit. son of the blind) begins with his father’s loss of sight.[5] The feudal lord Hasan Khan blinds his stable manager Ali Kişi for a trivial offense by plucking out his eyes.

Supernatural beings

Relations with other cultures

Azerbaijani folklore derives elements from Persian mythology & Turkic mythology.[11]

See also


  1. Yeni ədəbiyyat tariximizin ilk cildləri Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (Azerbaijani)
  2. “Koroğlu”ya ümumtürk məhəbbəti
  3. Азербайджанская литература 5-18 вв. (Russian)
  4. "Mother-of-All-Books": Dada Gorgud
  5. Hasan Javadi, "KÖROĞLU i. LITERARY TRADITION" in Encycloapedia Iranica
  6. Мифы народов мира. Энциклопедия. Т.1. «Советская энциклопедия», 1991. ISBN 5-85270-016-9
  7. Кавказская мифология/Азербайджанская мифология — Агач Киши
  8. Кавказская мифология/Азербайджанская мифология — гюль-ябани (Russian)
  9. C. S. Mundy (1956). "Polyphemus and Tepegöz". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 18 (2): 279–302. doi:10.1017/s0041977x00106858. JSTOR 609984.
  10. Təpəgöz Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (Azerbaijani)
  11. Anaz Radio Voice of South Azerbaijan: Folklor Archived March 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (Azerbaijani)
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