Anatolian Dervishes Culture
"Come, come, whatever you are, it doesn’t matter whether you are an
infidel, an idolater or a Pagan, still come. Come, our convent is not a
place of dispair. Come, even if you violated your swear a houndres
times, come again."
Khorasan Dervishes, including "Haci Bektas-i Veli" the great Turkish thinker, had mixed up in the same cultural crucible Christian communities living in Anatolia with Turkmen groups come by immigration, through activities of education and reconstruction, and had not played a vital role in creation of cultural integrity in Anatolia and constitution of Central Authority.
Haci Bektas-i Veli
Haci Bektas-i Veli was born in 1248 B.C. in Nishabur city of Khorasan in Iran and spent his childhood and youth in Khorasan; learned philosophy, social and technical sciences in Hoca Ahmet Yesevi Center and after travelling and studying Iran, Iraq, Arabia arrived in Anadolia in 1275/80 B.C. and settled in Hacibektas (formerly called Sulucakarahoyuk).
Akhi and Akhism
One of Institutions which has been effective in attaining Anatolia's cultural unity as referred before is the Organisation of Akhi (Ahilik). The Akhis who came in Anatolia together with Yesevi Dervishes settled themselves in urban areas rather than rural areas since they had a profession to work on. Organisation of Akhi, being a professional organisation, is an Interior (Batini) Establishment.
Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi
Another great scholar in Anatolia who enlightened the humanity is however Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. Mevlana was born in 1207 in Khorasan, died in 1273 in Konya. He received his first lessons from his father Bahaeddin Veled known as "Sultan of Scholars". Mevlana who had grown up complete with the thought of mysticism came across with Sems Tebrizi who was an Akhi and then his own thoughts started to take form.
Turkish Folk Music
Turkish Folk/Local Music are forms of music created by people settled in one particular location, played or recited with great affection, which have become the joint creation of the people of the area in question, and which have been passed down and kept alive down to the present day. Such music bears the traces of local cultures, and the names of the composers are generally unknown.
Ottoman music is a synthesis, carrying within it a great many historical riches. It emerged as the result of a sharing process between the Turks and the minorities living alongside them, the Byzantines, Greeks, Persians, Arabs, Jews, Armenians..
Turkish Janissary (Mehter) Music: In the Turkish tradition, janissary music is a sign of majesty, splendour and might, rather than a vehicle for merriment. The majestic and sacred nature of the state are reflected in the banging of the drum.
"Come, come, whatever you are, it doesn’t matter whether you are an infidel, an idolater or a Pagan, still come. Come, our convent is not a place of dispair. Come, even if you violated your swear a houndres times, come again."