Abstract

Young male Turks are obligated by law to serve in the military, and military service is seen by many as a rite of passage into manhood. In the Thracian region of Turkey, a ceremony called the "soldier wedding" has developed for sending young draftees off for their military service. Structured similarly to a wedding ceremony, this event involves virtually everyone in the community. This article follows one such ceremony in the town of Kay-narca and describes the activities and attitudes that surround it.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0413
Print ISSN
0737-7037
Pages
pp. 175-185
Launched on MUSE
2006-10-10
Open Access
No
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