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12 February 2007


Vilhelm Konnander

Dear Carpetblogger,

Oh, I've grown so accustomed to the athan, so I hardly notice it anymore, even though one minaret is less than 50 metres from our flat, but who am I to judge... Love your reflection on how the calls set the pace of the day. What is worse though is a really bad muezzin. That simply kills me! The worst example I've experienced was during a two-week stay in Assos this summer. It actually made one's morning coffee turn sour... The best example in Turkey so far has been Urfa. A sidetrack concerning Urfa: Have you ever heard of ichtyolatry? It is still practised in Turkey, besides obscure places in Southeast Asia...




Thanks for the kind words, Vilhelm.

I had not heard of ichtyolatry, so i learned a new word today. I also just learned about the Fish Church in Istanbul, Balikli Kilise. (http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=102460&bolum=132).

Since I can no longer worship the pig, I may consider taking up ichtyolatry.

Vilhelm Konnander

Dear Carpetblogger,

I had actually never heard of Balıklı Kilise, so thanks for the tip! I'll have to go there when I visit Istanbul next time, I guess, to see for myself what manner of worship goes on there.

Speaking about things to see: Have you seen the Cengiz Han exhibition currently running at Sabancı? I went there this weekend and it was great!

Ichtyolatry... Kind of fishy? ;) Ichtyolatry is clearly an option in lieu of porcupinia. As I myself am born in the year of the pig, I guess I'm stuck with with being a "boar".




just check out the info from the turkish directorate for treligous affairs,aka diyanet. It's the turkish muslim papacy equivalent.


it's a lot easier. one set of timetable per city.

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