Thursday, July 21, 2016

Our fourth day in the Centre included more time exploring the oral history archives and more practice in transcripting, reading, and translating.  We have been exploring different villages and regions within Asia Minor and have begun to understand more about the relationships between Greeks and Turks in certain villages.  While some of the oral histories speak about harmonious relationships and friendly interactions between Greeks and Turks, there are other instances where the relationship seems tense.  One oral history we read and translated was about a wedding where the groom, who was Greek, was stopped before the wedding by the Turks and ordered to pay a fine.  Initially they paid the fine, but when they reached their destination, the villagers of Moutalaski told them that they should not have paid the fine as it was illegal.  They referred the groom to the Bishop of the area who reached out to the Mayor of the village where the Turks had stopped the groom.  They were able to resolve the issue.  In this case, we see church leaders stepping in as authority members.  Reading through the archives has encouraged us all to examine the interethnic relationships between Greeks and Turks more closely.

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