The aim of this study is to analyze in cultural context the appearance of “feminine soil perception“ in Anatolian Regional Music. The Anatolian lands, which connect to many different civilizations due to their geographical location, in spite of the cultural tracks of their different civilizations, exhibit an ancient structure in which the “mother figure” is extremely dominant in its antiquity. This geography takes its name from the mother Goddesses, “Anatolia” (Anadolu) means full of mother or mother Goddesses. This religious-cultural dominance of “mother motif” in Anatolia has been decisive in all aspects. It is possible to read culturally the dominance of the “mother motif” of concrete and intangible cultural products. This cultural structure, which came from ancient times is a product of a transculture, transreligious and transdenominational strong collective memory for the people of Anatolia. Therefore, music, which is the most intangible of intangible cultural products, is one of the cultural products in which the “mother motif” gains visibility. In this study, soil perception in Anatolian sufism will be analysed based on the ancient data of Anatolia; different lyrics of Turkish Regional Music, especially lyrics of Aşık Veysel Şatıroğlu -Famous Anatolian Bard- sample will be analysed. In this study, Mother Goddesses will be discussed in chronological order for finding the historical collective memory; then, the cultural impact of “mother cult” on Anatolian Civilizations will be discussed with examples in terms of concrete and intangible cultural products. Than, it will be emphasized how these historical traces take place in the contemporary Anatolian Sufism and cultural elements. Finally, the cultural analysis of feminine soil perception in Turkish Regional Music lyrics, especially in Aşık Veysel Şatıroğlu’s and other bards’ songs lyrics will be done and the study will be finalized.
1. Anatolia, 2. Mother Goddes, 3. Feminine Soil Perception, 4. Turkish Regional Music, 5. Ethnomusicology.