Religious community and practices : a comparative study of funeral ceremonies at the Kocatepe Mosque and the Hacibayram Mosque

Yıldız, Davut
In this thesis, I intend to examine differences between religious communities and practices through a comparative study of funeral ceremonies performed at Hacıbayram and Kocatepe Mosques in Ankara. The ethnographic data, which have been collected through eighty-seven funeral ceremony that I attended in these two mosques, shows that there are repetitive patterns among funeral ceremonies performed in the same mosque. When we compare the ceremonial patterns in Hacıbayram Mosque and Kocatepe Mosque, it is observed that funeral ceremonies performed in these two mosques is differentiated in terms of material culture, gender and sentiments. There are different variables for these ritual differentiations, such as the nature and composition of a religious community frequenting a mosque, and the meanings and traditions ascribed to a mosque, which affect the way in which prayers are perceived and practiced. Besides, it is also realized that repetitive patterns among funeral ceremonies performed in the same mosque may even differentiate, because of social status and worldview of deceased and mourners.


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Citation Formats
D. Yıldız, “Religious community and practices : a comparative study of funeral ceremonies at the Kocatepe Mosque and the Hacibayram Mosque,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.