Without the light and the fire of Love,Without the Designer and the power of Creator,We are not able to reach Union.(Light is for us and dark is the night)This fire massing and washing the Heart,My heart claim after it.And here come Newroz and the New Year,When a such light is rising.
“Kürdüm, Türkiyeliyim, İsveçliyim, İskandinav’ım, evrenselim. Hem iki kutsal nehrin, Dicle ve Fırat’ın arasındaki çok kapalı bir bölgenin yerlisiyim, hem de çok çeşitli kültürler, ülkeler ve diller arasında, devamlı dolaşan bir dünya vatandaşıyım.”
Mehmed Uzun Görsel : Kurdish People in traditional Attire, Erbil, 1951.
From the Sephardi egalitarian synagogue in Jerusalem (yes Virginia, they exist!) Degel Yehuda, a beautiful recording of three different tunes from the Kurdish Jewish community for the book of Lamentations, traditionally read on Tisha beAv.
I used henna to draw traditional Kurdish tattoo patters on my hand. In Kurdish we call them Deq and our ancestors practiced this art for thousands of years, both my grandmothers, my great grandmothers etc had these tattoos on their bodies, hands and faces. The real tattoos are more dark blue in colour because of the mixture used to make the ink (which I’ve put more information about below) the symbols all have meanings and were used spiritually. I am absolutely fascinated by them and enjoy drawing them on my hands almost as a homage to my wonderful late grandmothers and ancestors.
“The art of adorning the face and body with tattoos has a very long history in Kurdish culture. Tattooing carries symbolism from old belief systems, such as paganism, shamanism and Zoroastrianism, overlaid with many other influences.
Traditionally, tattoos are made by mixing soot and milk. The design is drawn on the skin using a thin twig and is, with the help of a sewing needle, penetrated under the skin. Tattoos last a lifetime.
The most common tattoo symbols are those that protect against evil forces; maintain good health or cure illnesses; show tribal affiliations; and enhance beauty, sexuality and fertility. Tattoos are placed on the most significant parts of the body, such as near the mouth and nostrils, hands, between the eyebrows and close to the breasts and genitals. Today, a decreasing number of Kurds are choosing permanent tattoos. More commonly, temporary markings are drawn on the face for special occasions and as a gesture of respect for this traditional cultural practice.”
lol I asked my mom how much it’s gonna cost to get traditional Kurdish dresses made cause costs have gone up and I need to know how to divide my money and she said sometimes just a single piece costs 100-300 depending on the fabric. And I told her we need to go to a shop run by a man so that I can flirt with him and seduce him so he can give me a discount loooool my mom looked at me like “what kind of a daughter have I raised” but she was smiling and I knew she thought it was funny 😏
“Costumes of wealthy women from the city of Orfa (Urfa) and neighboring tribes.”
Post-card by Capucin Mission, of the Costumes of the rich females of the city of Urfa,or Edessa,now in southern Turkey north of the Syrian border,and prior to 1920’s part of the Aleppo province.Edessa was a strong center of Aramaic culture and thought, the Prophet Abraham Settled there for a while [at close-by Harran ] .Center for the cult of Moon and Sun,[Sabians ] ,cult of Atargatis [ close-by Munbij,or Hierapolis in Syria ]. Early Christianity adopted by the Abgars, kings of Edessa,the correspondence between Jesus and King Abgar V, the origin of the shroud of Turin,Center of the Early Gnostic Academy surviving well into the Islamic era, and hot bed of early Eastern Christian movements: Assyrian Christians[Nestorians], and Monophysites Christians[ Jacobites,or Syriac ].The County of Edessa,was a Crusader state for a brief period. Most Arabic speaking Syriacs and Armenians of Urfa, fled to Syria and Lebanon in the 1920’s.