Myths, legends, and epic tales have taken an active role in shaping the history of many societies, but they have not lost their significance over time even if there is a consensus among scholars that they had belonged to an earlier historical period. In another words, those historical productions have had their missions in different contexts in an earlier period of time, but they have also been able to be a part of the present day since they have opened the way for the production of new works. There are powerful literary works which gain their power from such narratives nowadays. In this paper, I argue that mythological works are still alive and are effective in shaping the mindset of the people. Moreover, these productions have not only been literary anecdotes based upon historical facts, but they have also taken their place as ideological narrations. This paper examines how the legend of Ergenekon was used after it was recorded and discovered by scholars and ideologists as well as by governments in Turkey.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Ergenekon Legend: Past and Present|
|Title of host publication||Serikbol Kondubai’ s Heritage: A New Look at the Development of Mythology|
|Publication status||Submitted - Jul 15 2018|
- Cami-üt Tevarih, constructivist approach, positivist approach, discourse