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Ashiq

sajjad ebrahimi | Iran

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Ashiqs were artists who had been writing poetry, creating stories since a long time ago and somehow were their tribe's people's tongue.

Gopuz(Ashiqs musical instrument) was the inseparable Ashiqi particle in their poetry and stories.

Following all the description about Ashiqi music that I previously had in mind, when I found the Ashiqi masters confined at home, lonesome in the corners of cafés; my whole idea about this genre of music changed.

The masters' constant complaints about the current situation foreshadowed the changes in the forms and contents of the Ashiqi art.

Whereas the Ashiqi literature -with its poetry, stories and music- is one of the most defining pillars of Azerbaijan's folklore literature.

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