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Bolu062007 7549.jpg
21-JUN-2006

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Belediye Meydanı (Municipality Square) and the equestrian statue of Köroğlu, holding a ‘saz’ (Turkish lute) in his right hand.

The Epic of Köroğlu is a heroic legend prominent in the oral traditions of the Turkic people. Köroğlu (literally ‘son of the blind man’) is the main hero of epic with the same name in Azerbaijani and Turkish as well as some other Turkic languages. The epic tells about the life and heroic deeds of Köroğlu as a hero of the people who struggled against unjust rulers. The epic combines the occasional romance with Robin Hood-like chivalry.
A number of songs and melodies attributed to Köroğlu survives in the folk tradition, depicting heroic acts and people.
The most common version of the tale describes Köroğlu as the son of a stableman under the service of the Bey of Bolu. His adventures are situated in the Bolu region, more specifically around the little town of Nallıhan.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: (among others) Wikipedia.

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