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Turkish Daylights: Cemeteries

04/12/2013

© aNadventures

The cemeteries I have visited in Turkey are somewhat similar to those in Germany; except for the fact that most of the tombstones are white and have the words ruhuna fatiha written on them instead of Ruhe in Frieden (RIP). Most graves are visited by friends and family members on a regular basis, the flowers are taken care of and the deceased person is greeted by kissing his/her tombstone when coming and going. There may be prayers and / or quiet gatherings around the tomb.

What I found particularly interesting is that the music in a car is turned off when passing a cemetery in order to not disturb the dead. A nice way of paying tribute to them, don’t you think?

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