Azerbaijan International

Spring 2005 (13.1)

Sofi Hamid

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Inscription of the child Allahverdi Aghayev Isif oghlu, who died at the age two (1976-1978), put there "In memory from his father".
I am an ashug, looking askance.
My little luck fell asleep.
What did I do to Fate
That it also looked at me askance?An ashug is a minstrel who entertains by singing legends and improvising folk poetry while accompanying himself on the traditional stringed instrument saz. In terms of spelling and choice of vocabulary, many of the graves have sayings that reflect dialects of oral Azeri, and would not be considered "proper" literary Azeri. Photo: Betty Blair

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