A Turkish stamp from 1975 depicting a scene from The Book of Dede Korkut


The Book of Dede Korkut is a cycle of twelve stories and songs circulated orally among Turkic peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus in pre-Islamic times. Detailing the origins of the Oghuz Turks (later the Ottomans), the tales are bound together by the narration of the bard Dede (Grandfather) Korkut and were transcribed sometime around the 14th century.