The value of folklore as source of historical research

Sakal F.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.77, pp.50-60, 2008 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.50-60
  • Keywords: folklore, history, methodology of history, ethnography, proverbs, epic, saga, folk music and folk song
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: No


The folkloric materials are signs of the history of a society at present. The epics, historical anecdotes and pro verbs give clues of historical events. Even folk music and names can help for a researcher if the researcher has ability to evaluate them. As known, some times the statesmen evade some documents, which may contain unpleasant information to be put on the shelves of archives. In this case, the folkloric material can be very vital source of documents for a researcher to find out a historical event.