Myths of the Turks According to Chinese and Tibetan Sources


BELLETEN, vol.82, no.293, pp.51-91, 2018 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 82 Issue: 293
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: BELLETEN
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.51-91
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The mythology of the Turks (Tujue, Gokturks) has been previously studied in some publications and translations of most of the Chinese texts containing narratives from this mythology have also been published. However, some of these texts have been translated to Turkish only as summaries. Turk myths recorded in a Tibetan document have not also been studied in detail within this context. In this study, myths of the Turks given in Chinese and Tibetan sources have been studied, comparisons between different texts have been made and some texts that have not been fully translated to Turkish have been studied in detail. Chinese and Tibetan texts containing the narratives of Turk myths have been added to the end of this study.