REFLECTIONS OF OLD TURKISH BELIEFS ON FOLK MEDICINE PRACTICES IN DO?AN?EHIR DISTRICT OF MALATYA PROVINCE

Abstract

Author(s): Beg羹m KURT

In cases where the public does not go to the doctor or does not go to the doctor, the remedies and methods that the public is referred to as public medicine or public health. Many years of observation and experience of the ongoing process is an indicator of the rich and deepening of public knowledge. It should be taken into consideration that belief is based on these practices, whose origin is a commitment to Central Asian Turkish culture. We also evaluated the methods and procedures that we took into consideration with this idea in the context of the beliefs of the people. The study was conducted using mutual interview and observation methods. The classification of these healing processes and techniques recorded by the field study has been made; local folk medicine information system data are grouped under the topics of using the power of plants, benefiting from the power of animals and different beliefs and practices, and how the effect of belief on these practices has been determined. The methods and techniques of folk medicine which have been used for many years by transferring from generation to generation maintain the importance and function of the local people in maintaining or correcting their health. However, due to the opportunities provided by modern medicine, rational and contemporary medical methods are effective in Dogan?ehir region as in other regions of our country. In cases where modern medicine cannot be cured or where healing is requested to be faster and more effective, public practice methods are safely applied. The hearths that have been preserved in the region are the strongest indicators of this.

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