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Zamani F, Somaye Sadat T. Figure-Transformation and its Mythological Origins in the Legends of Khorasan based on Four Volumes of the Ten-Volume Series. CFL 2023; 11 (50) :63-104
URL: http://cfl.modares.ac.ir/article-11-68964-en.html
1- Kosar University of Bojnordm, Bojnord, Iran , f.zamani@kub.ac.ir
2- Kosar University of Bojnord, Bojnord, Iran
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Figure-transfiguration is one of the commonly used themes of folktales, which refers to changing the appearance and the basis of existence and legal identity of a person or something by using a supernatural force. Various forms of representation and its semantic implications are rooted in the mythological thinking of mankind. Therefore, in the present article, based on the descriptive-analytical method and mythological sources, the figure-transformation of four volumes from the ten-volume collection of Khorasan legends have been extracted and categorized. Then, the connection of each type of figure-transformations with mythological elements was analyzed. The result of this study showed that in the 79 investigated stories, there were 165 cases of personification, in which the mythological functions of animals such as snakes, lions, pigeons, roosters, deer, etc. were symbolically manifested in the personification of talking animals. Also, the transformation of objects into humans in Khorasan folktales can be a reflection of animism. The mythical essence of immortality and plant descent of man is reflected in the transformation of man into plants such as watermelon, reed, pomegranate, orange, etc. The metamorphosis of demons and fairies into humans and other creatures indicates the influence of Iranian mythological beliefs regarding their demonic nature.
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Article Type: پژوهشی اصیل | Subject: Popular literature in Khorasan
Received: 2023/05/8 | Accepted: 2023/05/22 | Published: 2023/05/22

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