The Marmara Region, which is the most economically, socially and culturally developed region of Turkey, is the main factor in its structure that connects Asia and Europe and its location in the transition zone, having different characteristics in every sense. Balıkesir, one of the most special cities of the Marmara Region, has melted the cultural characteristics of the region into its pot.
Due to the location of Balıkesir, it carries different cultural elements. It is the duty of every individual to prevent the disappearance of these cultures in the face of modernization, to pass these values on to future generations and to transfer and protect this culture. The identity of a nation, a region, or a city was not easily formed. This identity is a fabric that has evolved on human beings over time. Traditions, customs, customs and folklore within this texture constitute the unique structure of that region. Surely, the mores are not the same everywhere. Every province, county, and even a village with two wives varies in one camp. This change within a neighborhood remains just a matter of details, the basis is still one. By considering this principle, it is necessary to protect the pieces of the mosaic, the traditions and traditions around Balıkesir, without being attached to the details, and not to destroy the original, to examine, understand and convey the original. These customs of ours can be listed as follows:
Marriage and Wedding Customs
Praying for Rain Customs
LEGENDS and BELIEFS
The main characteristic of the legend is that it is a subject of belief; what he says is considered true, as if it really happened. It is a short narrative in plain language and devoid of any stylistic concerns, without ready-made patterns. When an epic piece breaks off from the complex and long-lasting narrative whole and loses its distinctive stylistic qualities and artistic decorations, it becomes a legend when it is limited to the task of reporting a person or an event with its extraordinary aspects. Legend is a type of narrative that has a distinctive style, no stereotypes, canonical forms, and is reported in plain colloquial language. Legends are told about people, places and events. The stories have a credible quality. Generally, individuals and events are qualified to be supernatural. Legends do not have a specific form; It is a short and spoken expression.
Pertev Naili Boratav divided the legends into 4 groups as creation myths (myths of formation and transformation, legends telling the problem of the universe (judgment and doomsday), historical legends, legends on extraordinary persons, beings and powers, and religious legends.
Some examples of legends belonging to Balıkesir Region:
Han Baba Yatırı