The Study on the Comparison of Folk Beliefs and Customs of Turkish Cypriots was presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Social Researches and Behavioral Sciences
Date Added: 01 May 2019, 19:39
Last Updated Date:19 November 2020, 10:18

The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that Associate Professor Mustafa Yeniasır from the Department of Turkish Language Teaching of Atatürk Faculty of Education of Near East University, and Associate Professor Dr. Burak Gökbulut from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences made two presentations at the 3rd International Symposium on Social Researches and Behavioral Sciences which was held on April 20-21, 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina..

The symposium brought together the academics, researchers, field experts and civil society organizations and representatives to share and discuss the theoretical and practical knowledge regarding the issue in a scientific environment. The two articles regarding the comparison of the “Folk Beliefs and Customs of Kazakhs, Turkmen and Turkish Cypriots" and the social criticism on Özker Yaşın’s novel “Girne’den Yol Bağladık” that presented by Associate Professor Mustafa Yeniasır and Associate Professor Dr. Burak Gökbulut attracted great interest of the attending body.

The Similarities among Turkic Geographies in Terms of Belief, Belief Systems, Ancient Religions and Islamism...
The article presents a study on the comparison of folk beliefs and customs of Kazakhs, Turkmens and Turkish Cypriots. The study unveils many similarities among mentioned Turkic geographies in terms of beliefs and traditions that mainly based on Turkic ancient religions, belief systems and Islamism. Through data samples based on the quantitative research methodology, .the study reveals the effects of these Turkic beliefs and customs, which are a natural consequence of the common culture, in all sections of social life and culture.

In their study, Associate Professor Yeniasır and Associate Professor Gökbulut argue that belief is one of the basic needs of the humankind. They underline that the humankind had believed in different beings and powers so far and tended towards some practices grounding on their beliefs. In their study, the two associate professors argue that the reasons such as the desire to know the future and the need for self-confidence lay the basis of the beliefs in nature of humankind and the folk beliefs emerged as a product of human behavior.

20 July 1974 Peace Operation and the Sorrows experienced by Turkish Cypriots were narrated...
The other article presents an assessment on Özker Yaşın's novel titled "Girne'den Yol Bağladık" in terms of social criticism. The study provides data samples that the novel narrates dramatically what the Turkish Cypriots had experienced during the Peace Operation that the Motherland Turkey organized on 20 July 1974. The study also underlines that the novel conspicuously reveals the sudden attacks of Greeks to Turkish villages and their torture to Turkish Cypriot citizens living there during the Peace Operation. The study highlights that the Greek Cypriots had to leave their homes, villages and towns during the second operation and the Turkish Cypriots who migrated to the Northern Cyprus were placed in these abandoned homes, villages and towns. The study points out that the author describes all this and the renaming of the Greek villages and towns with Turkish names as a joy with a nationalistic line of thought.