Spring 2005 (13.1)
Legends from Azerbaijan
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Left: Gobustan is a site where evidence of
early civilizations can still be seen today. Located southwest
of Baku, it is famous for its petroglyphs depicting early man
and animals. Photo: John Connor.
Told by Reza Shahreza oghlu Ismayilov, 90, from Todan Village
in the Goranboy region (previously called Shaumyan region).
Once there was
a bride who, while washing clothes, wasn't paying attention to
her crying baby. At that moment, her father happened to pass
by her house. He couldn't understand why his daughter wasn't
paying attention to the child, and he started to curse her: "May
you turn into a stone! Why don't you comfort your baby?"
After the father had expressed his rage, he looked back and witnessed
a terrible scene. The bride, with the baby still in her arms,
had turned into stone. The father felt very remorseful for what
he had done, but nothing could be undone.
Now when people look at this specific rock, they say: "A
father's breath is strong" (Azerbaijani expression). His
curse can transform his child into stone or a bird.
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