The New Year’s 1st Mounth January, Janus, the god of endings and beginnings

January as a mounth name derived from Janus, a Roman god represented with two heads; one of his face looks back into the past, the other looks into the future. He is known as the guardian of time since his images were placed above doorways. He is usually depicted holding a royal sceptre/staff (Heavenly father) in... Continue Reading →

Cité de Pera (Flower Arcade)

While walking through the old part of Beyoglu (Istiklal avenue), you'll come across an eclectic Ottoman building called Cité de Pera just opposite Galata Palace, today's Galatasaray Lycee. It might remind you some of the 19th century buildings in Paris and Vienna with their beautiful architectural ornaments on their facades.                    ... Continue Reading →

Hittite Spring Equinox: Purulli Festival

“Let the land prosper and thrive, and let the land be protected”…..from the myth of the Illuyanka. Spring equinox was  celebrated as a fertility ritual  in the Land of the Hatti.  The celebration of these rites were reflected on some rock reliefs that were discovered  in Ancient Anatolia. 

Ortaköy: A pretty village on the Bosphorus

...The knot of fear                                                                                                                          United in peace                                                                                                                               Every now and then                                                                                                     Juxtaposed                                                                                                                                           Just a few steps apart                                                                                                                    Looks at each other compassionately                                                                                                  On the shores of Istanbul                                                                                                                 The Ezan                                                                                                                                              The Bell                                                                                                                                                 The Hazan                                                                                                                                           Beki L. Bahar This pretty village lies on the European side of Bosphorus. When the Byzantine emperor Basil commissioned a... Continue Reading →

Hittite Spring Equinox: Purulli Festival

“Let the land prosper and thrive, and let the land be protected”.....from the myth of the Illuyanka. Spring equinox was  celebrated as a fertility ritual  in the Land of the Hatti.  The celebration of these rites were reflected on some rock reliefs that were discovered  in Ancient Anatolia.  A cuneiform tablet found during the excavations contains... Continue Reading →

Looking into the lives of Anatolian women: Judith Starkston, a historical novelist and researcher

Judith  Starkston Judith Starkston as an historical novelist and researcher hands one a telescope to peer back into Anatolia’s past. In her novel, Hand of Fire, she tells about Trojan Women and their roles in Ancient Anatolia and Mycenean Greece, particularly about Briseis’s, the captive woman who sparked the bitter conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon... Continue Reading →

Yasar Kemal: the hero of Turkish literature

All my life, my only dream was to write a little bit more, a little bit better.                                                                                                                                 Yasar Kemal Acclaimed as one of the greatest   writers in Turkish,  has died in Istanbul  aged 92. He was the first Turkish writer nominated for the Nobel prize for literature. His works often chronicled the lives of... Continue Reading →

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