Pamukkale Denizli Folklore
Neighboring cities have affected Denizli's Folk Music and folk dances. They are affected by Aydin and Mugla's slow choreography, but on the other hand, they are also affected by the Teke Area's fast music and choreography.
Playing of the saz is very common in Denizli. The saz is a stringed instrument of the Baglama order that is an authentic musical instrument of the Turks. Saz types which are very common in Denizli include the divan, baglama, tambur, and cura. There are also Kabak violins of different sizes. Wind instruments include the zurna, sipsi, and several others. Bells, spoons, tambourines, and several sizes of drums are also used to make music.
Traditional Folk Dances
Zeybek Dances are very famous in Denizli. Zeybek is the folk source of Denizli with its music and instruments. The Zeybek Dance is performed outside with drum and zurna or with drum and clarinet, but indoors a saz and earthenware kettledrum is used.
Dances performed by men in Denizli are called Efe Oyunu. The name of the agır Zeybek folk dances are Tavas Zeybeği, Cal Feraisi, Acipayam Zeybegi, Harmandali, Mugla Zeybegi, Civril Zeybegi, Kerimoglu Zeybegi, Daglar Zeybegi, and Arpali Zeybegi.
Dances performed by women are called Kadin Oyunu. The names of the folk dances performed by women are Keten Gomlek, Duz Oyun, Cameli Teke Zortlamasi. Musical instruments like the def (a tambourine with jingle), drum, legen (wash tub), and cumbus (a mandolin with a metal body) are played by women.
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