the turkmens have a rich folklore tradition of epic stories, tales, and lyric poems.
music was highly valued in turkmen culture and many of the folk heroes were poets and singers, as well as soldiers…the character of ashyk aydyn pir appears in many turkmen tales, often helping the young hero attain great musicianship.
the mythic hero goerogly appears frequently [in turkmenistan’s fairy tale tradition]…a peasant hero who fought against evil and helped the poor, goerogly is used as a metaphor for an ideal man who combines elements of creativity, musicianship, courage, and goodness.
the importance of the brother-sister relationship is underscored in a number of tales…akpamyk [is] probably the best-known and best-loved of the turkmen fairy tales…the central theme of this tale is the love between the eponymous heroine and her seven brothers; it is a love that exceeds the love between a husband and wife…to serve her brothers, akpamyk had to embark on a dangerous quest to bring them back to life. undertaking this service, she provides an influential role model for young girls.
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