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NWSA Fine Arts
The âşık tradition, which spans many hundreds of years in Anatolia, yet has its roots in even older traditions of ancient Turkic peoples, is a multifaceted folk tradition: it has distinctive literary and musical characteristics, as well as proscribed conditions of learning and performance. Representatives of the tradition, known as âşıklar, are folk poets who perform their works accompanied by the Turkish saz (bağlama), a long necked instrument of the lute family. The âşık's role itself isdoi:10.12739/nwsa.2013.8.2.d0127 fatcat:i2rcxwetbbgqhbeo62zrve7j6e