Journal of History School


Evaluatıon of The Functıon of The Myth in The Legıtımacy of The Power in The Context of Orhon Inscrıptıons

Orkhon Inscriptions are important in terms of transmitting some information about the early period of the Turks at the firsthand. These inscriptions, which are executives' texts appeals to the public, have a structure that can be evaluated with regards to determining the field of authority and power. As is known, the legitimacy of power depends on persuasion and subjugation of the governed. It is expected that negotiations will begin as a result of these contradictory relationships. Michel Foucault conceptualizes discourse as the process before beginning to negotiation, and argues that the current problem of subject and authority can be overcome by analyzing a series of discursive or non-discursive practices which he named as archives; such as historical texts/structures/formations/buildings/agreements. In this sense, Foucault views history as a method for solving today's fundamental problems and instrumentalizes it. From this point of view, in the discourse of the Orkhon Inscriptions, which can also be read as a text of power, we can say that a number of persuasion mechanisms are used to legitimize power. Mythical knowledge, which can be regarded as one of these mechanisms, has great importance for the construction of social reality. In the texts mentioned, the myth was functionalized in terms of the liberation of subjects with knowledge and the formation of free subjects. In this study, the utilization of myth, which we believe contributes to the process of convincing the subject by the ruler, has been discussed within the frame of the Orkhon Inscriptions.


Orkhon inscriptions, discourse, myth, social reality, power.

Author : İnan GÜMÜŞ
Number of pages: 41-61
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