REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Folk Dances By Subject Matter

Folk dances may be divided into those that describe the relationship between man and nature,those that dealing with rain, mist and rivers, describing plants, defining numbers, describing the relationship between man and animals and taking social events such as fighting war, love and courtship as their subject matter. Then there are those that reflect the ceremonies performed when a young man is about to go to do his military service. There are dances about agriculture, the harvest and damaged crops. Other dances describe different occupations, such as shepherds. Men can perform dances that mirror the everyday lives of women. Then there are dances that describe daily tasks such as baking bread and milking, and others that describe a production procedure such as spinning yarn.