Mankurt (2007)



(Note: freezing frames are problem coming from vimeo video-converting. Original video doesnt have this freezing frames. Not: duran kareler vimeo'nun kendisinden kaynaklanan bir sorun, animasyonun orjinalinde yok)

"Bir mankurt kim olduğunu,hangi soydan, hangi kabileden geldiğini, anasını babasını, çocukluğunu bilmezmiş. İnsan olduğunun bile farkında değilmiş. Bilinci,benliği olmadığı için, efendisine büyük avantaj sağlarmış. Ağzı var dili yok,itaatli bir hayvandan farksız, kaçmayı düşünmeyen, bu yüzden de hiç bir tehlike arzetmeyen bir köle imiş. Köle sahibi için en büyük tehlike, kölenin başkaldırması, kaçmasıdır. Ama mankurt isyanı, itaatsizliği düşünmeyen tek varlıkmış. Efendisine köpek gibi sadık, onun sözünden asla çıkmayan, başkalarını dinelemeyen, karnını doyurmaktan başka bir şey düşünmeyen bir yaratık..."

(Cengiz Aytmatov - Gün Olur Asra Bedel s 147)

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A short animation film Based on Aytmatov's famous Novel, "The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years", from Anadolu University Fine Arts Faculty Animation Dep. students. Ali Can Meydan, Ufuk Atan and Mete Gündoğan

This wonderful music is from Tuvan Band, Yat-Kha "Teve-khaya".

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Info:

The term mankurt in popular culture refers to a person who cannot recall his or her cultural roots and origin. The word comes from a Turkic myth popularized by Chinghiz Aitmatov in his novel The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years (“И дольше века длится день”). It is a philosophical tale about what can happen to people if they forget their motherland, language, and history.

The Turkic legend mentioned in the novel tells about a cruel way of making a mankurt of a captive man obtaining that he forgets everything but basic activities and, thus, becomes an ideal slave of Djungar masters.

The process involves a round of fresh raw hide from the neck of a camel, that would be planted as a sort of cap on the thoroughly shaven head of a captive. His hands as well his feet are tied and to prevent the victim to replace the cap by rubbing his head on the ground a large wooden stock is installed around his neck. That captive would be then simply left in desert for several days. Once the hide would start drying it would shrink and bind to the head, thus making a hoop and literally “squeezing” all sanity out of the man (usually). What is worse, the hair is not always able to grow through the camel’s hide so it often curls back and would penetrate the scalp causing a pain beyond endurance. Usually that victim would perish from such a torture or a thirst.

If the man happens to survive the torture, he would be recuperated and become like a dog to his master, not remembering anything from his past, his culture, even his own name or the name of his own mother. Removing completely the camel’s hide from the scalp is not always possible and those mankurts (e.g. the son of Nayman-Ana in Aytmatov’s novel) are so ashamed of having such a headgear that they are always wearing a cap, day and night and would not doff it for anything in the world.
Mankurt (2007) Reviewed by Türk Asya on Perşembe, Şubat 12, 2015 Rating: 5

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