A Sociological Approach towards the Beliefs and Rituals Regarding Death in Anatolia the Case Of the Region of Elmali


CUMHURIYET ILAHIYAT DERGISI-CUMHURIYET THEOLOGY JOURNAL, cilt.21, ss.147-178, 2017 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 21 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.147-178


The beliefs and practices that have been collectively built around the death for a long time have been seen now in reciprocal relations with the unique ecosystem of the Elmali region. In this historical, religious, socioeconomic and cultural accumulation, an appalling event such as death was settled exclusively in the societal imagination with a final and cosmic reference. In other words, norms and detailed ceremonies with close ties to daily life have created normative integration in society. These rituals revolving around the deep symbolic interactions of religion and culture have provided appropriate environments for the society to face death and to succeed. Finally, all these beliefs and practices have been designed in a religious and cultural interaction where individuals can see their own fate. On the other hand, new levels of consciousness, which are manifested by the modernization of age and age related to death, have also created significant multipliers on the phenomenon through the death case.