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The Tale of Keloğlan and the Magic Bird

The Tale of Keloğlan and the Magic Bird

Once upon a time, in a fairy tale land, there was a rose-faced, smiling girl called Rose Face. Rose face was the daughter of a sultan. One day, she had set up her robe and was embroidering embroidery after embroidery in the private garden, when a bird of unprecedented beauty, with a hennaed neck, emerald eyes and coral beak, came and landed on the robe. It fixed its eyes on the girl’s eyes and started to sing in a sincere voice.

Rose face could not take her eyes off the bird as if she was mesmerized. Why then she lifted the pearl silk circle and threw it on the bird. As the bird grabbed it with its coral beak, it flapped its wings and flew away. And the girl stared after it. From that day on, GülYüz Sultan went down to the private garden every day and waited for the bird with longing eyes. But to no avail. This dazzling bird never appeared again. The little sultan could not get the bird out of her mind. All the physicians of the country were trying to find a cure for the sultan’s daughter’s problem. While they were working, let us give the news from Keloğlan.

In the days when Keloğlan was surrounded by the Rose Face, he was still wandering on foot from mountain to mountain in those regions. He crossed mountains and streams, and one day when he had exhausted the food in his bag, a strange bird came and threw itself on a bush with tired wings. Keloğlan was happy and said, “My fate has come to me, I will catch it, fry it and eat it”. He snuggled in softly. He threw his cone on it, held the bird and what did he see? A circle of pearls embroidered in its mouth.

Keloğlan was amazed. He could not bear to cut and eat this bird adorned with eye-catching colors. He poured water into its mouth and said, “If this bird always brings pearl coral to its nest, we are alive.” He released the bird to watch and find its nest. The bird flew, Keloğlan ran; the bird flew, Keloğlan ran. With the flood from the streams, with the wind from the hills, following the bird, with a bald head on his head, they finally arrived at a garden of a thousand and one colors, equal to heaven. He lost the bird in the garden, but he did not lose himself. Keloğlan crossed the garden and came across a golden palace. He entered the palace and there was no one inside.

Keloğlan was puzzled, “Surely this place has an owner,” he thought. He turned around and opened a door. He saw a dining room. Whatever you want was on the table. Keloğlan was tempted to reach out his hand and take a bite: “If he eats, Murat Şah will eat first!” so they hit his hand with a ladle. Suddenly Keloğlan’s hand swelled up. He saw neither the person who hit him nor the person who told him. Keloğlan was scared, “This must not be the fairies’ palace,” he said, and as he was about to run away, he heard the sound of a canal. He immediately hid in a closet. A little later, the bird with a hennaed neck and embroidered wings came and dived into the golden basin full of water in the middle of the room.

Keloğlan couldn’t believe what he saw and while he was trying to make sense of what had happened, the young man took out that pearl girdle from his bosom. He both smelled it and said, “Oh my sultan, where are you? Are your eyes old now?” and wiped his tears. After crying and complaining for a while, it became a bird again and said “purr” and flew away. Keloğlan’s mouth was open. He immediately jumped out of the closet and threw himself out of this haunted palace. Without even looking back, he ran away from there, passed the magic garden, crossed the twilight and reached the plain. He traveled far and wide; he traveled up and down. Then he came to a place where he saw a crowd, a pandemonium. Keloğlan was stunned and wondered what was going on. This place was a bathhouse. The sultan of the country could not find a cure for his daughter Gülyüz Sultan’s problem, so he built this bathhouse.

Keloğlan couldn’t believe what he saw and while he was trying to make sense of what had happened, the young man took out that pearl girdle from his bosom. He both smelled it and said, “Oh my sultan, where are you? Are your eyes old now?” and wiped his tears. After crying and complaining for a while, it became a bird again and said “purr” and flew away. Keloğlan’s mouth was open. He immediately jumped out of the closet and threw himself out of this haunted palace. Without even looking back, he ran away from there, passed the magic garden, crossed the twilight and reached the plain. He traveled far and wide; he traveled up and down. Then he came to a place where he saw a crowd, a pandemonium. Keloğlan was stunned and wondered what was going on. This place was a bathhouse. The sultan of the country could not find a cure for his daughter GülYüz Sultan’s problem, so he built this bathhouse.

“Whoever has an interesting story to tell, come and tell it, and get a free bath in the bathhouse.” Keloğlan told his story to the Sultan. Sultan: “I donated the bathhouse to you, please show me where it is!” he begged Keloğlan. So they traveled far and wide on the path of the magic bird; finally Keloğlan found that magical garden with a thousand and one colors. He showed the golden palace to Gülyüz Sultan: “Sultan sister, let’s enter the palace before they see noble and wonder,” he said, but Gülyüz did not want to put Keloğlan in danger. He said goodbye and left; he entered the golden palace and hid in the closet. A little later, the magic bird came, shook himself up, and became a young man. He took out the sultan’s girth and cried, “Are the hands that crafted this girth alive? Will I ever see my sultan’s face again?” and wiped his tears with a handkerchief. The girl immediately ran and threw herself into the arms of the young man. It turned out that this young man was also of human descent. He was also the son of a sultan and his name was Murat Shah. As the story goes, he somehow fell into the net of fairies one day. He could not get rid of their talismans; the talisman remained intact until the hand of a loving benefactor touched his hand. When the sultan embraced her with love, the talisman was broken, and they fled the fairy land together. Their wedding was held for forty days and forty nights and they started a happy life.

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Hello everyone! My name is oğuz I am very curious about stories and fairy tales. When I was little, my mother used to tell us fairy tales at night in the village and put us to sleep, we 5 siblings and our mother used to sleep in the same room. My interest in fairy tales and stories comes from a long time ago and I wanted you to discover them because I love Turkish stories very much. There may be some spelling mistakes in my translations. I apologize for this, I wish you good readings.

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