Military Fashion and Fig in the Turkish Culture

Fidan S.

MILLI FOLKLOR, ss.95-105, 2011 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 92
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Dergi Adı: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.95-105


The mentality of Military-Nation maintains its continuity with various reflections in circle of socio-cultural life from the early Turkish States to modem-day. The military structure, that was dominant in Turkish States throughout history and nowadays, was established onto military system begining with Mete in 209 BC. The war readiness of society at any time, the military discipline preponderating the social life and state organization, as a reflection of the mentality of Military-Nation, have this idea settled in folk philosophy, too. Today, even with this approach is on going and these emerges as a form of rich practices in the folk life. Fig elements confronts us with physical functions as well as a text in regard to communication is concerned. In Turkish folk philosophy, with the texts of martial apparel, that coded by special meanings, the message tranmission of paying notice to soldiering in national mind is performed. These messages are found in fig two years old boys with commander uniform produced in personal size with the idea of "Every Turks were born as soldier.", bayrams - festival-, clothes used in ceremony and oral cultural works. However, these texts of martial apparel, giving important messages in Turkish culture, are beginnig to be used in nowadays, as an element of fashion which is defined as a temporary innovation get into community life. The extension of the impact area of popular culture, quickly, with the help of technology, serve the fact of this military fashion spreading community life swiftly. The fashion that offers the one dimension on behalf of variety, revealed comsumer crowd army with the military uniform in social life.