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Proto-Turkic Mythologie Terms: Some Etymological Observations

Shaman. 2016. Vol. 26. No. 1-2. P. 21-40.

There is a notion, in popular beliefs as well as in academic works by historians and anthropologists, that Turkic peoples had in their common past a developed religion with an established pantheon, along with cosmogonic and cosmological concepts. This article is an attempt to address this problem from an etymological point of view: what common concepts and themes can be reconstructed for the Proto-Turkic language, using the lexical data of Turkic languages and written monuments?