MARRIAGE CUSTOMS IN TODAY’S TUR ABDIN SYRIANS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF OLDS MODERNS AND COVARİATES
ESKİLER YENİLER VE DEĞİŞENLER BAĞLAMINDA GÜNÜMÜZ TUR ABDİN SÜRYANİLERİNDE EVLENME GELENEKLERİ

Author : Muammer ULUTÜRK
Number of pages : 1209-1217

Summary

An important part of Turkish Syrians whose population has decreased quite well these days has been living basicly in Mardin and Midyat, the region called as “Tur Abdin”. In the North Hasankeyf, in the North-East Siirt, in the East Cizre, in the South Nusaybin, in the West Mardin and in the North-West Savur make the borders of Tur Abdin when Midyat was taken as the centre. According to the information obtained in 2005, approximately 2000 Syrian population lives in Tur Abdin region. It is not possible to give exact population information since some Syrians in Turkey and abroad have been returning their homelands for certain or seasonal recently. However, the number mentioned above is very close to the exact number because it is based on the information given by Syrian people as source in 2005. Of this population, about 1200 inhabits in Midyat, Dargeçit and Idil, about 400 inhabits in Nusaybin and about 400 of this population inhabits in Mardin. Apart from these, 3 families live in Dereici (Kıllıt) village connected to Savur and 1 family live in the town centre of Omerli. According to the Syrian belief, marriage is one of the seven holly secrets of Syrian Church which they come together in a holly way with the fertility of special prayers, come side by side and which they belong to in order to make the generation of faithful women and men continue. Marriage is a natural law which God established in the beginning of world by saying in Holly Bible “It is not convenient Adam be alone, so I will create a suitable assistant for him” (Genesis, 2.18). In modern times, different incentives cause the religion and traditional way of living to change, to erode or even to be lost. In the case with Syrians whose origins go back thousands of years, although they go on challenging the effect of modernity with the reasons coming from the dependence on the church authority and ethnic belonging, some issues face change. As will be pointed out below, getting married with a person of another religion, getting

Keywords

Syrians, Marriage, Tradition, Family, Tur Abdin

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