a. Kurban Bayrami is associated with Abraham and the hajj since Kurban
coincides with the rituals of the hajj.
b. The black stone nestled in the eastern wall which is inside the Temple of
the Lord which has a foundation raised by Abraham.
a. Kurban Bayrami falls ten weeks after Seker Bayrami.
b. Villagers can choose to go on the hajj during this holiday.
c. During this time houses are whitewashed and new clothes are distributed.
d. Gypsies come for the distribution of fre
a. Ramazan is a month long period of fasting during which a believer is
closer to god.
a.i. It is a time of atonement.
a.ii. During Ramazan one must abstain from sexual intercourse during
a.iii. No substance may enter the holy body dur
a. Most intimate, daily social intercourse occurs between neighbors.
b. Neighbors take care of each other and bring each other food.
c. If their husbands are quarrelling, women cannot visit each other.
d. Men have the discretion to choose their wives rela
a. Younger couples have relaxed gender conformations.
b. If the wife goes to court she can gain custody of the child according to the
Swiss law instituted by Ataturk, which countered muslim law.
c. A wife can leave he husband if he doesnt provide for her.
a. The boy is the flame of the line; a girl is the ashes of a house. A boy
continues the line while a girl extinguishes it.
b. Women, as wives, feed the fire.
b.i. As fuel, they are used in the process.
c. The house contains the flame just as the
Circle of Kin
a. The principle of descent is temporal and linear.
b. Relationships on the ground are spatial.
c. The identity of the person comes from seed, not blood, so villagers are
relatively unconcerned about blood.
c.i. Blood is debated as either
a. Who one is is related to where one comes from.
b. The theory of procreation illuminates villagers views of relatedness.
II. Kokler in Gokler
a. Kokler is the name of the TV broadcast of Roots in Turkey.
b. Gokler (the heavens) is the na
a. Symbols and meanings of procreation help to conceptualize notions of physical
space, notably the house, village, and nation, are exemplified by the division of
labor for the reproduction of the household, and are utilized in the rhetori
Cennet, the Heavenly Garden
a. Villagers believe people are born into the other world not as babies but in
the prime of life around 30.
b. In heaven there is cool water nearby, breezes, and eating and drinking
without defecation, in addition to other v
a. In the village one learns of a death by hearing a prayer (ezan) outside of
normal prayer times.
b. Most people wish to be buried in their native soil with their kin.
b.i. To be buried elsewhere is to be in exile.
c. There is a tradition that w