A SELJUAL RELIGIOUS PEOPLE IN ELBISTAN: THE FOLK BELIEFS IN THE HIMMET BABA TOMB
Himmet Baba’s mosque in the province of Elbistan connected to Kahramanmaraş is located near the tomb of Himmet Baba, who gave the name of the mosque. Althought hedate of construction of the glass and the turban is not known, XIII and XIV due to the architectural style. It is possible to date to centuries. The tomb was made of stone and rubblestone in a square plan. The inne rdome is covered with a conical roof from the outside. The characteristics are the most important indicators of the Seljuk era.
Himmet Baba is one of thev governors of the Seljuks who ruled Elbistan, and was killed and killed during an enemy attack against Elbistan. However, Himma Baba continued to struggle until the end of the war by taking his cut head under his seat as a disciples of God. Eventually a woman was destroyed and buried where she was the result of theevil, saying, “Look at this grave!” Years later a tomb was built by Dulkadiroğulları Beyi Alauddevle on the grave.
We will try to analyze the literatüre about Himmet Baba whom we believe to have lived in the Elbistan region and tell the people about many of then arrative sand to analyze the information we have obtained through the compilations from the historical record sand analyzes the folk beliefs that have developed around the tomb since the Seljuk period. Thus, we want to contribute to the work done previously by considering the “cuthead” myth, which is one of the universal motifs of Turkish popular thought, with the example of Himmet Baba.
Key Words: Maraş, Elbistan, Himmet Baba, Seljuk, Folk beliefs