Dengbej (storytelling) culture has an important place in Kurdish history. The dengbêj, who wanted to protect their culture and language throughout history, have brought this art until today.

Dengbêj is a composed word, deng means ‘voice’ and bêj means ‘to say’. It defines a person who makes it possible to say the word harmoniously. The Dengbêj are usually wandering around the country and making their living by singing epic stories, khairam, prehistory and tales. The dengbêj are in a way historians and are the greatest representatives of oral culture.

In Kurdish societies the dengbêj tell of their language, history, pain, longing, joy, love and all their experiences. Particularly in the Serhat region, dengbej like Şakiro, Evdalê Zeynikê, Kerepatê Xeco have protected and passed on their culture with dignity.

Evdalê Zeynikê was the one who spread from Serhat region to all Mesopotamia geography. The generation after Evdalê Zeynikê began to use instruments and melodies.

Guerrilla Dozger is one of those who still want to continue the dengbêj cult. The guerrilla Dozger, with all his sincerity and voice, freely says in the mountains. Noting that the Dengbêj kept the history alive all the time to avoid breaking off his own tongues and cultures, Dozger said, “The Kurds against the massacre who want to destroy the languages are guarding this culture by saying both dengbêji and çirok (fairy tales)”.

The guerrilla Dozger, who emphasized that the Kurdish culture is still alive in Serhat, emphasized: “One of the biggest debts we owe is with the dengbej, because it is thanks to them that we are not separated from our language. The dengbêj culture has allowed us to protect our language to this day. Dengbeji plays the biggest role in the protection of the culture”.

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