A Village Theatres in the Triangle of Abundance, Education, Entertainment: Hibibim


MILLI FOLKLOR, no.118, pp.130-144, 2018 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 118
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.130-144
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


Dramatic village plays are facilities which involve features of Turkish culture in terms of cultural aspects with the values they bear from the past till today and carried out in very different regions of Anatolia for long years. These plays should also be commented with the information concerning the formation and development of belief systems as they have practices used in the past for worship and rituals due to their sources. Specific practices and images which have figurative narration in some samples of dramatic plays associate with different meanings. In this respect, dramatic village plays are products of folk literature which have subtext including different meanings and ideas beyond what is seen. It will be possible to see the relation of the games with the past besides the current structure of the games more clearly with the analysis of these subtexts rightly. While examining the plays, by explaining what today's performers expect from the plays, not being limited to this figurative structure, it can be possible to show the change and the transformation of the plays clearly. In this article, the implementation and the contributions of the play `Hibibim' which is a dramatic village play involving fruitfulness symbolism, education and entertainment and whch are available in 'Sopet' meetings held traditionally in Pamukgu town of Bahkesir will be explained and the perspective on the plays in the past and today will be evaluated. Also by expressing the uses and the purposes of the various images within this play, subtect of the play and the meanings people ascribe to these plays will be examined. Information will be given about the traditional village meetings in the region with the selected play, it will be stated that the province of Bahkesir also exists in such meetings continuing at various regions throughout Turkey. By this way, it is aimed to create a specific resource for the researchers for future when wished to prepare a map of traditional meetings in Turkey.