An Analogy between Karakalpak Rites and Bakhtin's Carnival

Yilmaz V. B. , Kamalova R.

BILIG, no.91, pp.217-234, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.12995/bilig.9109
  • Title of Journal : BILIG
  • Page Numbers: pp.217-234


Karakalpaks furnished some of their traditions with the rites that praise and demand fertility for their women and earth, that convey the society's acknowledgement of the integration of death and birth, and that depict the importance of threshold. Mikhail Bakhtin's observation of the carnival and the grotesque reveals similar concepts: fertility, juxtaposition of death and birth and the idea of threshold. This article draws an analogy between some of Karakalpak rites and Bakhtin's carnival in terms of these three concepts. It concludes that Karakalpak traditions and rites, as well as carnival as discussed by Bakhtin, were formulated as a consequence of the society's infallible unity which was firmly subordinated to the privilege of people's collaboration with nature and their negation of the absolute one-sided truth and certainty.