• Turkish Mythology with a Historical Introduction (Annotated)

  • Learn About the Colorful Folklore, Vibrant History and Culture of Turkey Through This Collection of 44 Fairy Tales Short Stories
  • By: Ignac Kunos
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover the wonders of Turkish mythology through these 44 fairy tales.

Turkish mythology is comprised of myths and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation by the Turkish people. Soon, you will be immersing yourself into their culture and traditions told in an almost poetic way. 

The Turkish people have a love for storytelling and are masters of it. This is the reason why they have such an interesting library of fairy tales.

About the author: Hungarian linguist, Turkologist, and folklorist Ignác Kunos was a correspondent member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences' linguistics department. At the time of his death, he was considered to be one of the most distinguished experts of Turkish folk literature and Turkish dialectology.

The drawings inside are very captivating. The cover was created from one of them and brought back to life, retouched and with full color.

Here is a look inside at the different tales:

  • The Creation
  • The Brother and Sister
  • Fear
  • The Three Orange Peris
  • The Rose-Beauty
  • The Silent Princess
  • Kara Mustafa, the Hero
  • The Wizard-Dervish
  • The Fish-Peri
  • The Horse-Dew and the Witch
  • The Simpleton
  • The Magic Turban, the Magic Whip, and the Magic Carpet
  • Mahomet, the Bald-Head
  • The Storm Fiend
  • The Laughing Apple and the Weeping Apple
  • The Crow-Peri
  • The Forty Princes and the Seven-Headed Dragon
  • Kamer-Taj, the Moon-Horse
  • The Bird of Sorrow
  • The Enchanted Pomegranate Branch and the Beauty
  • The Magic Hair-Pins
  • Patience-Stone and Patience-Knife
  • The Dragon-Prince and the Step-Mother
  • The Magic Mirror
  • The Imp of the Well
  • The Soothsayer
  • The Daughter of the Padishah of Kandahar
  • Shah Meram and Sultan Sade
  • The Wizard and His Pupil
  • And many more

Turkish mythology has also been affected by other indigenous Asiatic and Eurasian myths, as well as by various European mythologies. For example, aspects of Finnic and Indo-European myths coexist in Tatar mythology, which is a hybrid of the two.

The mythological beings Äbädä, Alara, Şüräle, Şekä, Pitsen, Tulpar, and Zilant are among the most well-known.

The audiobook narration is performed by Jim D. Johnston, who has the perfect soothing voice for the storytelling of these fascinating, timeless tales. Turkish mythology being rarely covered in audiobooks, you are in for a treat!

If you are interested in any mythology at all, then there is no time to waste, as such rare myths await you inside this book! Get it now!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2022 Chronos Publishing
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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The Bros Grimm Turkish Style

A compilation of Turkish folktales along the lines of the Brothers Grimm (so not necessarily warm and fuzzy with a focus on supernatural instead of gods and demies) translated by Dr Kunos and narrated by Jim Johnson and published by Chronos Publishing. It opens with a brief historical overview that comes across with a taint of propaganda (although still interesting) before diving into the fairy tales. I did enjoy listening (and even learning a little more vocabulary such as what dews, dervishes and paries are) … and there are a lot of them. If nothing else, they are a way to introduce some silly fun into an otherwise boring afternoon (or three).

I was given this free advance listener copy (ALC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Forty Days and Forty Nights is Quite a Party

This collection is not new but it is fascinating. I found many of the stories had similar themes and story lines to myths in other cultures although an unexpectedly high proportion have to do with finding and keeping a spouse ... and what is about the number 40 in Turkish mythology. It seems to appear again and again, particularly the devise of 40 days and 40 nights of celebration of engagements and weddings. That much partying would be exhausting, not to mention financially ruinous for most folks, even royalty.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this collection and found it very informative since I knew very little about traditional Turkish lore.

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Interesting Stories

I enjoyed listening to tales, they remind me of fairy tales I read growing up. My favorite stories with the lessons hidden in them revealing rituals and beliefs from long ago. Narrator did a good job telling these tales. Overall this was a good listening experience.

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Turkish Mythology

I have always been very interested in fairy tales but have thus far been primarily exposed to the collections of Grimm, Anderson, and Perrault. It was very interesting to see the parallels between the stories herein and the stories with which I am more familiar. Overall, this is a well put together collection that I very much enjoyed.
I received a free Audible copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Uniquely interesting

Having lived in Eastern Europe for a couple years there was a hint of familiarity to these stories. But not being familiar at all with Turkish mythology or culture, the stories came off as new and unique. The storytelling was engaging.

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Rich stories

I loved listening to the stories in this collection. It is amazing how much magic is involved in the stories with people being turned into animals or objects and back again, The story Fear is my favorite by far. It is a story of a young man going in search of Fear, but he doesn't find it in the ordinary ways that most of us would. This is a very entertaining audiobook that is well-narrated. The narrator's pace is just right and he does a good job in the story telling.