Makal, Mahmut. A village in Anatolia

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Part One 1950

Chapter I The Struggle For Existence Our School

The Rival School

Our School Is Flooded Out

The Village Tax 1

A Famine Winter

Dung—the Godsend



Turkeys To Ankara

The Land Question


The Mill


Ploughing With A Donkey

No Mechanisation For Us


July In The Field


My Father

My Mother

As For Myself …

Kezban The Simpleton

Cow In The Food-store

The Co-operatives

The Sick Ox


Chapter Ii Scenes From Village Life Round The World

Another Village


Autumn 1 —but Not A Poem

A Village House

The Tandir

The Window


Where The Money Is Kept

Telling The Time

Pots And Pans


The Problem Of Cleanliness



A Dream

The Postal System


The Muhtar 1



The Position Of Women

Feckless Families

The Dead And The Bereaved

Marriage Problems

Deaths And Births

My Writings And The Villagers

My Demons

Chapter Iii Beliefs And Superstitions A Religious Verse

Religious Ablutions

From Within And Without

The Blind North-easter

The Same Wind, Later

The Hearths Of Healing 1

An Epidemic Of Sheiks 1

The Dervish Way

A Matter Of Vegetable Marrows


The Retreat

A Hafiz 2 Visits Our Village

Chapter Iv My Dreams And My Troubles Newspapers

My Youthful Dreams

Why Not A Radio


“ The Fellow's Mad! ”

Religious Instruction

School Holidays

The Philosopher

What The Children Eat

The Lice Problem




Another Instance 1

The Teachers' Meeting

Part Two 1952

Chapter V Marriage Customs In Our Village Marriage—the Chief Topic


Customs Of The Marriage Feast

The Nuptial Night

Chapter Vi Public Affairs The Village Clerk

The “communist”

The Depths Of The Country

Village Justice

A Dispute Settled

Election Time

The Village Shop

Chapter Vii The Old Against The New The Key

The Guest From Kochhisar

The Rosary


The Preacher

The Blessed Hair

The Pilgrimage To Mecca




“thou Knowest, O God”

Chapter Viii Medical Matters The Village Doctor

Tooth Doctors

The Case Of Miriloglu



The Business Of Being Born

My Medicine Chest

Chapter Ix Amusements The Cinema

The Theatre


Tea And Coffee

Ah—those Folk-songs!

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: A village in Anatolia

Published By: Original publisher London: Vallentine, Mitchell and Co., Ltd.. 1954. xviii, 190 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Mahmut Makal ; translated from the Turkish by Sir Wyndham Deedes, with a foreword by Lewis V. Thomas ; and edited by Paul Stirling

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Turks (MB01)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Culture summary (105);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source is a translation of the main portions of two books originally published in Turkey: Bizim Köy (Our Village), 1950, and Köyümden (From My Village), 1952. The author, a young village schoolteacher, was a graduate from the Village Institute (see document no.6) and began teaching in the village of Nürgüz (near his home village of Demirji). Makal's writings are literary impressions of village life as he knew it in Central Anatolia, after a time of famine. Although many topics are touched on, those covered in more depth are village living conditions; attitudes toward schools and teachers (and toward change in general); religious beliefs and practices; status of women; and local government and justice.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. mb01-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: 'Consists of the main portions of Bizim koy (Our village)... and of Koyumden (From my village)'

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1947-1951

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Indigene, Teacher-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Joan Steffens ; 1966-1967 ; Ian Skoggard; 2012

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not assigned

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Nürgüz village and area, central Turkey

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Turkey--Description and travel//Turkey--Social life and customs


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