book: national epic of Turks, Azerbaijani and Turkmen
The Book of Dede Korkut or Book of Korkut Ata (Turkish: Dede Korkut or Korkut Ata; Azerbaijani: Dədə Qorqud, دده قورقود; Turkmen: Gorkut Ata) is the most famous among the epic stories of the Oghuz Turks. The stories carry morals and values significant to the social lifestyle of the nomadic Turkic peoples and their pre-Islamic beliefs. The book's mythic narrative is part of the cultural heritage of Turkic countries, including Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and to a lesser degree Kyrgyzstan.The epic tales of Dede Korkut are some of the best known Turkic dastans from among a total of well over 1,000 recorded epics among the Mongolian and Turkic language families.
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