Saturday 17 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike
Rural villages throughout Türkiye each have their mosque and small school. Pretty much the centre of life; the mosque is where folk attend for prayers (obviously), but also a place for religious instruction.
It’s PA system is used for the call to prayer (again, obviously), but also for prayers that announce the passing of someone who lived or in a nearby village and their funeral time – remembering of course we bury our kin within 24 hours; normally late morning.
On the point about the PA system, we hear about all sorts too; from funeral, and wedding announcements, or perhaps even the upcoming ‘snip’ of a young chap or maybe a ‘mevlut’ (prayers, and food usually too) to get the big man on your side when a son is being sent off to do his military service – a scary thing here, as not all return, not in this part of the world.
Hmm, what else…? Sometimes announcements from the mosque are about cow vaccinations or other farming related communiques such as when the local baling machine will be in the village centre. When that happens, all and sundry arrive with tractors loaded to the sky with hay (the wife usually perched proudly on top); leaving an hour or so later with a trailer full of neatly baled hay for the winter; a very new concept here!