Condolence houses in Sanliurfa: Fading away of a tradition and a creative attempt to preserve it

Yanik M., Vahip I., KÖSE A.

DEATH STUDIES, cilt.29, sa.1, ss.65-74, 2005 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 29 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/07481180590519877
  • Dergi Adı: DEATH STUDIES
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.65-74


This article reports the results of qualitative research conducted to investigate the change in the traditional manner of giving and accepting condolences in Sanliurfa, a city with a unique sociocultural structure in the southeastern part of Turkey. Our methodology was based on direct observation of behavior and detailed, open-ended interviews with participants. This article aims to investigate the reasons for moving the condolence tradition from family homes to specially built condolence houses a decade ago and discusses the functional significance of the ceremonial events in giving and accepting condolences.