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Sivas, the hometown of my husband, the place where we have a good number of relatives now: Such a strange city for someone coming from the western coast but we got used to each other through years.
I was in Sivas in 2000 for a friend's wedding but after I got married, it's become a city where we go regularly: at least once a year. It was the first time when I felt that I was in Eastern Turkey. It was the city where I realized you could do many things as if you are in a big western city but you'd know you are in the east. I remember myself saying to my husband that "I feel like I'm abroad" and him laughing and laughing and advising me start learning more about all parts of my country. That was the lesson Sivas had thought me almost 10 years ago: I've become more open to my own country!
I knew it was a very historcial city but in 2006 I came to realize it's one of the few cities in Turkey where you cannot see but feel the historical center. Although the city itself has a very colourful history, not much left. Still, you hear it, smell it, feel it there.
Sivas being at the junction point of the Persia and Baghdad caravan routes, was once a busy commercial center. During the interval between 1142 and 1171, it was the capital of the Turkish Danismend Emirs. Later, under the rule of the Seljuks, it became a cultural center; and many related buildings were constructed by the remains of some, can still be seen today.
It's a very important city in today's Turkey's history. This is the city where Atatürk said "Here is where we laid the foundations of our republic.". This is the city in the congress building of which the plans for the Turkish War of Independence were made.
165 km southeast of Sivas, is Divrigi, an ancient town, which was once a Byzantine site. By the 12th and 13th centuries, it was the capital of Turkish Mengucek Emirs, and the remains of Ulu Mosque of 1229 and a citadel remain from the period. The Baroque style portal of this magnificent mosque is a real masterpiece of stonework, and this monumental building has been declared by UNESCO to be one of the eminent cultural heritages of the world.
Of the asiks, or minstrels, that lived in Anatolia during the past century, Asik Veysel is one of the most reknown and often spoken of. Asik Veysel (Satiroglu) was born in 1894 in Sarkisla county of Sivas. At the age of seven, Veysel lost his left eye due to smallpox epidemic in his village. When Veysel’s father discovered his son's passion for poetry, the saz, and language, he had a baglama made for him. Veysel took his first saz lessons from the master saz players of his village.
Asik Veysel started singing poetry (deyis) at the age of 40, and although his exposition at times strayed from traditional modes when the spirit moved him, he never departed from the traditional poetical forms.
The 1920s and 30s are years in which the asik tradition present over Anatolia, due to changing socio-political and economic conditions, entered a new and different period. This was the period in which Veysel came onto the scene. As a middle-aged artist, he was able to take excellent advantage of the opportunities before him, and within a short time had become one of the singular figures in the asik profession, working tirelessly for his cause. He became even more known for his works such as "Lament for Atatürk" and "Black Earth"; and through his recordings, published books and teaching positions at village institutes, he was able to reach a vast audience:
"I embraced so many, thinking them a friend
My true love is the black earth
in vain l wandered, exhausted myself for naught
My true love is the black earth"
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