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In Trebizond folklore, the Bardi (feminine jackal) is a shapechanging spirit or a rabid animal who presage a death by wailing. Trabzon, formerly known as Trebizond, is a city on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey. ... Folklore is the body of verbal expressive culture, including tales, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs current among a particular population, comprising the oral tradition of that culture, subculture, or group. ... Species Canis aureus Canis adustus Canis mesomelas Canis simensis Canis smithus A jackal is any of four small to medium-sized members of the family Canidae, found in Africa and Asia. ...

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Özhan Öztürk. (Black Sea: Encyclopedic Dictionary) Karadeniz Ansiklopedik Sözlük. 2 Vol. Heyamola Publishing. Istanbul. 2005 ISBN 975-6121-00-9 Özhan Öztürk, 2005 Turkish folklorist, writer (b. ... Map of the Black Sea. ...


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Similar to the Nasreddin jokes, and arising from a similar religious milieu, are the Bektashi jokes, in which the members of the Bektashi religious order—represented through a character simply named Bektaşi—are depicted as having an unusual and unorthodox wisdom, one that often challenges the values of Islam and of society.
Another popular element of Turkish folklore is the shadow theater centered around the two characters of Karagöz and Hacivat, who both represent stock characters: Karagöz—who hails from a small village—is something of a country bumpkin, while Hacivat is a more sophisticated city-dweller.
In Turkish folklore (Trabzon region, Akçaabat town) Childless women, cows that don't get pregnant, and children wetting their beds are supposedly cured by passing under a flberry bush known as "Avat" (West Trabzon).
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