Man’s initial meeting with literature takes place when he is born and through the lullabies his mother sings to him. Lullabies are a poetical literary genre sung with a melody to the child who is made to sleep. In this respect, they are the purest form of folk literature. A communication, a bond of communion is formed between the mother and the child through lullabies. The mother appeals to various forms of persuasion to make her child sleep by singing lullabies. The mother either rewards her child or punishes the child by scaring-threatening him to make him sleep. In other words, lullabies sung to make children sleep do not always involve positive and nice feelings and thoughts about children and sometimes, there are lullabies which involve negative feelings and thoughts about children, particularly when the mother loses her patience and feels exhausted. These lullabies which involve negative feelings and thoughts can be defined as black lullabies. The basic framework of this study is made up of an analysis of certain scaring-threatening aspects in German and Turkish lullabies sung to children for them not to cry and sleep in a short time and the protectors against these aspects.
Lullaby, Black Lullaby, German and Turkish lullabies, Scaring-Threatening.