WEDDING CEREMON IES OF PAZARA?Aă VILLAGE OF AFYONKARAHISAR PROVINCE

Abstract

Author(s): Neslihan Huri Y???T

As one of three important points in the human life, marriage, including the old Turkish societies, shows the most colorful cultural practices of the Turks. During the wedding ceremonies several traditions, customs, and morals carefully were obeyed, otherwise it is believed that it will bring discomfort, misery, and bad luck. Every ritual that is believed to bring unity, happiness, and luck to the new family, is performed. Wedding customs that carries the beliefs of the old Turkish societies were transformed accordingto technological developments, cultural structure, and the sociological expectations. Some of them were totally forgotten but some of them preserved their oldest version. In this article, wedding ceremonies of Pazara?aç village of Çay district of Afyonkarahisar province is evaluated in this context. Departing from source narrators and supporting with the written sources, old and new applications were compared. Asking for the girl in marriage, relative visits during engagement, pinning sausage during haircut ceremony and making the bride cry during the hen night were still practiced but the bridal bath, groom dressing, and affiancing the youths without informing are not practicing. In this study, mentioned customs were explained in depth and effects of the sociological and economic variables on the customs were evaluated.

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