The Tradition of Searing in Turkish Cultural Environment

Durmus I.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.95, pp.114-121, 2012 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.114-121
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


In Turkish searing culture, searing can be observed within a long period of time and across a wide geography. It has been exercised on humans, animals and possessions. Searing on humans has been performed in order to make the person stronger as well as to provide cure for illnesses. Searing in animals, on the other hand, has been in two different ways, one being for curing diseases, and the other for branding the animal with marks and seals. Possessions have also been seared with marks through searing. There have been three types of searing. The first kind has been done to make the body stronger through searing wrists, elbows, shoulders and knees for enduring. The second kind has been to sear the wounds and lumps on the body for a cure. The third kind has been observed as searing for branding in order to distinguish belongings and animals from those of others through unique marks and seals. Searing has been performed with a tool called "daglagu" made of iron, copper, gold, silver or boxwood. The most common daglagu has been the iron one. Moreover, objects such as needle, skewer, razorblade, nail, wood or a metal spoon have also been used for searing. Many parts of the body like head, neck, back, chest, stomach, hips, legs or feet have been seared for medical purposes. Searing to brand animals and belongings has been performed on clearly visible areas.