ANALYSIS OF THE DRAGON KILLING SCENE IN THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE PEOPLES OF EURASIA

Erdoğan ALTINKAYNAK

In Turkish mythology, a dragon exists in the underworld. In tales, where the legendary bird “zümrüdüanka” or “Symurg” is held, the hero descends to the underworld, where a dragon locks the waters and devours people submitted to it in return for water, manages to kill this dragonand rescues the daughter of the king from death. Symbolically, there seems to be a close relationship between the locking of the water, the dragon and seasons. Oghuz Khan or St Giorgi kills the dragon that always terrorizes people. Is the dragon a real beast or does it symbolize a disaster the society has to deal with? Or is it a symbol of the power to get rid of slavery? Or is it related to the renewal of nature? In this study, these issues will be dealt with and some analyses will be made.

Key Words: dragon, death, enemy, mythology, life, water