Instrument (Saz) in the Traditions of Minstrelsy (Ashiklik)

Durbilmez B.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.85, pp.148-158, 2010 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.148-158
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Playing an instrument (saz) is vitally important in the tradition of minstrelsy. Besides 'playing a saz' as an individual tradition, the functions of the saz are highly significant at some practices, such as saying extempore / exchanging remarks (=atisma), drinking wine / the motif of dream, relationship between master and apprentice, minstrel-type folk story-telling, riddle and get somebody or something talk, all of which form the traditions of minstrelsy, and in each of these traditions the saz carries out similar and different functions.