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The Turkish Culture Essay

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Envision yourself wandering down roads, with the pleasant aroma of fresh exotic spices lingering in the air. You see individuals native to this area, complete strangers, waving towards you, and saying a welcoming greeting. You have found yourself in the outstanding country of Turkey.
The Turkish culture is one like no other. Circa three fourths of Turkey’s inhabitants are actually Turkish. Roughly 18% are Kurdish, and the remaining 7% belongs to small clusters (such as the Armenian). The Kurdish people are an ethnic group in Western Asia and Turkey. The Kurds are the fourth largest ethnicity in this area. The three largest ethnic groups in Western Asia are the Turks, the Persians, and the ...view middle of the document...

In the 1920’s, wearing head scarfs was banned. This made it very difficult for women to join the public work force.
There are several social courtesies and norms in Turkey. Some of these are similar to those we have in the United States of America. Many people use hand gestures when speaking and it is extremely impolite and rude to lay your feet on someone’s desk or table. You should also be careful to not point the sole of your foot or shoe towards others. Public displays of affection are not tolerated in rural areas.
Hospitality is a large part of the Turkish culture. Friends, relatives, and neighbors visit frequently, and unexpectedly. An article I read stated: “In large cities, people call ahead, but unexpected visits occur more frequently in smaller villages.” Guests are always welcomed and served with refreshments. This typically includes a drink such as soda, tea, or coffee. The guests may also be served some small snacks like crackers or cookies. When offered nourishments and beverages, it tremendously rude to reject them. Turks try as hard as they can to make their visitors feel like they are at home. For instance, even if the host does not usually allow smoking, they will make an exception for their guests.
There are several theaters across Russia, making theater a popular pastime. One of the more widespread types of theater is shadow puppets. There are other types of plays and performances in Turkey. One of these is a comedy show. A good sense of humor is considered a sign of intelligence. Pop and Rock music are two of the most popular genres of music in Turkey. This is along with traditional music which is passed on throughout generations.
The most favored sport in Turkey is soccer. Soccer was introduced to Turkey in the 19 century by the British. Along with soccer, there are many other sports that the Turks love to participate in. Grease wrestling was a traditional sport in Turkey, and some people called it Turkey’s national sport. At school, students get opportunities to play soccer, volleyball, handball, badminton, and table tennis.
Some of the subjects taught in school include: Turkish grammar, history, literature, social sciences, math, and science. The ‘electives’ would be art, music, religion, and physical education....

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