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MYTHOLOGICAL NUMBERS IN NAKHCHIVAN-TURKISH FOLK BELIEF / NAHÇIVAN TÜRK HALK INANISLARINDA MITOLOJIK SAYILAR

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Author(s): Dr. Bayram DURBİLMEZ

Journal: Journal of Turkish Studies
ISSN 1308-2140

Volume: 3;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 340;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Nakhchivan | folk beliefs | mythology | numeric symbolism | folklore

ABSTRACT
Giving meanings to words and commenting themeanings gave way to some symbolist, mystical andphilosophical movements, which extend up to mythologicalages used to think that everything has some relations togods, spirits or demons, and they believed that the mysteryof some numbers were asked for help “to provide somebenevolence of some spirits, and enchants people”.In the belief of folks from the mythological ages to thepresent some numbers are loaded with special meanings. Infolk beliefs some numbers like “three”, “”four”, “five”,“seven”, “nine” and “forty” are loaded with special meaningsand considered to be auspicious. These numbers have someimportant position in Nakhchivan folk beliefs in terms ofaccepting and developing attitudes have roots inmythological ages and some have developed through variouscultures and beliefs in history.The result of this research has revealed thatNakhchivan folk beliefs have a great deal of common aspectswith Turkic world folk beliefs, and have a very rich sourcefor researchers who wish to do a research on “thesymbolism of numbers”. The numbers used in Turkic folknarratives have common and different meanings andfunction in Nakhchivan-Turkish culture.This research aims at revealing the meanings of thenumbers “three”, “”four”, “seven” and “forty” frommythological ages to the modern times, tracing the changesin symbolic meanings in Nakhchivan-Turkish folk culture,and in folk beliefs of Azerbaijani Turks living in Nakhchivan.
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