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Still Life with Dogs of İstanbul

  İstanbul always has a love and hate relationship with its dog citizens. Beliefs play an important role in this relationship, as it does in almost all subjects. Positive side: In Shamanism, a dog is a sacred animal which Shamans ride when they go down underworld. In Altai and Kirghiz[…]

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Cat Knows Everything, In Istanbul, Too…

We have a saying; “when cities were not even named in Europe, the cats were the inhabitants of Istanbul.” Rumour has it, the first kittens has been settled in the city by the Byzas of Megara, the eponymous founder of Byzantium, the city later known as Constantinople and Istanbul. In[…]

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Orada kimse var mı? *

* Is there anybody in there? It was dark. It was loud and bright at the beginning and replaced by absolute silence and darkness when it ended. Literally in the middle of the night. It took too long. As long as the life of an ancient tree. The longest forty-five[…]

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Urban Amnesia

30 years ago, we used to go to Kumburgaz, a relatively close summer getaway for İstanboulites. On the way were vast sunflower fields, the owners wouldn’t care for the bypassers to steal a few flowers for the crunchy seeds. Now there are residences, villas, luxury sites in the place of[…]

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