Shahmeran LegendThe upper part of the body, which we know mostly from the murals and gift objects, is a beautiful woman, and the lower part of the body is a mythological creature in the fairy tales of the snake-shaped eastern culture. Regarding the place where Şahmeran lives, the names of Tarsus and Mardin are mentioned in the legends.
In legends told about Tarsus and its surroundings, it is said that the first person who saw the Shahmeran was Camsab or Lokman Hekim. There are also examples stating that Şehmeran is a shepherd, sometimes a hunter who goes to the forest. All legends end with the murder of Shahmeran.
Shahmeran Legend, Tarsus
Shahmeran Legendis about a mythological creature that we know mostly from murals, the body of which is a snake underneath and a beautiful woman above. This mysterious creature, believed to be the ruler of snakes, is believed to guard the burials, killing people with its breath and gaze.
The upper part of the mythological creature that is human is called 'maran'. It is believed that the spirit of the Maran passed to his daughter after he died. Şahmeran, who is frequently mentioned in Anatolian tales and narratives, is considered as the head of the assets named Erbüke or Erböke, which is a combination of er (human) and bent (dragon) in the Turkish folk belief. The female of this being is called İşbüke. The two places that Şahmeran is thought to have lived in Anatolian lands are Tarsus district of Mersin and Mardin.
What is Şahmeran Legend
Camsab is the son of a poor family and earns his living by woodcutting. One day, Camsab, who finds a well full of honey in the forest with his friends, is lowered to the well by his friends and left in the well when the honey is removed.
While waiting for help in the well, he sees a light leak, opens the place where the light comes from and goes out into a large garden. Here he meets Şahmeran, who is sitting on a throne, the upper side of which is human and the lower side is snake-like and speaking like a human.
Şahmeran, who is the king of snakes and lives with other snakes underground, tells Camsab not to be afraid and will be their guests for a while. Well hosted here, Camsab asks for permission to return home when she starts to get bored and miss her family after many years.
Şahmeran, on the other hand, does not want to let Camsab go, saying that his death will be from a human hand and that if he leaves himself, his place can be found immediately by human beings. However, he cannot resist the insistence and sends Camsab to his house, provided that he does not tell his place to anyone.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Tarsus is caught with a serious illness. Well-known physicians of the period can not find a cure for the disease, but the vizier, who is also interested in magic works, says that the sultan's disease will pass with the defeat of the meat of Shahmaran. Upon this, great promises are made to those who know the location of Shahmeran, but no one is revealed.
When the vizier tells the sultan that the back of the person who sees the Shahmaran is exfoliated like a snake skin, everyone is ordered to come to the bath and wash it. Camsab does not go to the bathhouse because he promised Şahmerana, but after a while he is forced to go to the bathhouse only when it is understood that he did not go to wash.
When Camsab's back is seen as a snake skin, he is forced to learn the place of the hero. Vizier reveals Şahmeran by saying magical words at the head of the well shown by Camsab. Şahmeran does not resist because he knows his fate, and after the death of Camsab, he advises him to drink the first water to the vizier, the second to the sultan, and the third to drink himself.
Şahmeran is taken to the bathhouse and killed here and the meat is boiled. The vizier asks Camsab to drink the first water. Camsab gives the first water to the vizier by doing what the hero says. The vizier dies as soon as he drinks it. The sultan who drinks the second water will recover, and Camsab, who drinks the third, becomes stronger with his mind and intelligence and become the chief vizier.
The origin of legends about Şahmeran dates back to quite ancient times. The scene where the snakes attacked the city in order to take revenge on the 2,000-year-old Tarsus coins found in archaeological excavations in Tarsus, was revived.
Şahmeran Turkish Bath
Şahmeran Turkish BathIn addition to having a historical feature, it has an important place among the people because it is believed to be the place where Şahmeran, known as the king of snakes, was killed. It is believed that the light red color seen on the navel stone and the inner walls of the bath comes from the blood of Şahmera, who is believed to have been killed here.
The connection and legend of the bath with Şahmeran is known to many people in the Tarsus region. On Adana Street, one of the busiest streets of Tarsus, the upper side is in the shape of a human and the lower side is surrounded by many small snakes. Şahmeran Monument It features.
Şahmeran Baths visit information
🗺 Address: Kızılmurat Mahallesi, 33440 Tarsus, Mersin
⏰ Şahmeran Baths visiting hours: Şahmeran Bath is waiting for the restoration process due to neglect and natural conditions. You can only see the bath from outside.
Shahmeran LegendTarsus was born in Tarsus, who hosted him. Dedicated to Paul. St. Paul's Church and St. See also Paul Well, Tarsus Waterfall with its lush texture with ancient Roman tombs, Ulucamii, one of the best representatives of Turkish-Islamic architectural understanding, and Kırkkaşık Bedesten, which was accepted as the heart of trade in Tarsus during the Ottoman period.
Take a walk through the historical streets of Tarsus, where the old Tarsus Houses are lined up. In my blog posts on Tarsus Travel Guide and Places to Visit in Tarsus, I talked about places to visit and see in Tarsus.
Shahmeran Legendtalks about a mythological character, half of which is female and half a snake, in fairy tales belonging to eastern cultures. Tarsus, one of the two places where the mythological creature in the legend is thought to live on earth, also has a rich cultural heritage where you can witness the traces of different beliefs and different civilizations in the world.