KÜLTÜREL SÜREKLİLİK BAĞLAMINDA KIRKPINAR’IN YANSITTIĞI DÜNYA GÖRÜŞÜ ÜZERİNE
This study aims to discuss Kırkpınar's worldview as a cultural continuity which has been in prevalence for more than six centuries. Based on related literature review, including an field study and research in The Ottoman Archives of the Prime Ministry, this study also contains face-to-face interview methods made with different representators of the tradition, namely Kırkpınar agas, pehlivans (wrestlers), cazgırs (announcers), shawm and drums crew chief and spectators. In the first chapter, wrestling is held as a competition sport together with its inherent trait of being a game. In this context, its appearance in Asia and Middle East geography as well as Turkish culture in historical records, in addition to its institutionalization process during Ottoman Turks era is discussed. In the second chapter, the historical background of Edirne and the historical development process of Kırkpınar wrestling, which is made and shaped within the boundaries of Edirne, is given. In the third chapter, determinations from the point of view of Kırkpınar Agas, pehlivans, cazgirs, shawm and drums and spectators, which have provided the continuity of Kırkpınar and which have come together and constituted the idea of Kırkpınar as a whole in a communication environment, were included. In the fourth chapter, the concept of worldview is discussed, and how Kırkpınar oil wrestling reflects a worldview is emphasized.