ARMENIAN EPIC TRADITION AND KURDISH FOLKLORE SARGIS HAROUTYUNIAN Yerevan The first indirect data concerning the Armenian-Kurdish folkloric correspondences are attested in "Sharaf-nameh", the well-known monument of Kurdish history compiled in the XVI century by Sharaf-khan prince of Bidlis (see Haroutyunian-Bartikian). Speaking about the genealogy of Kurdish governors of Bidlis and Sasun 1, the author adduces some interesting stories, according to which the Kurdish sovereigns of Sasun and Bidlis are descended from twin brothers lzzadin and Zyaddin, both, as he says, from the Sasanid royal house. From the capital of Armenia, Akhlat they came to Bidlis, which was under the government of a Georgian viceroy, named David. They won from him the Bidlis vilayet (district) and Hazo (a town in Sasun) that also belonged to him. Izaddin becomes the governor of Bidlis and Zyaddin of Hazo. Then Zyaddin conquered the city of Bidlis by a ruse, leaving Sasun to his brother, lzaddin. From the latter descend the Izazani or Azizani clan of Kurdish governors of Sasun, and from his brother - the governors of Bidlis who are called Diyadins (Bidlisi, 3(3), 4(1,2)). These traditional stories, wide-spread among the Kurds of Sasun and Bidlis in the late Middle Ages, are
Iran and the Caucasus – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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