Black Mulberries of Izvit - I
I have repeatedly written in many of my articles that Izvit is the first campus of Turks in Taşeli. The Pioneer Turkish Tribes, who settled in Izvit for the first time, did not burn down the residences remaining in the campus where they settled that day, and laid the foundation of the first settled life in Taşeli after the arrangement and cleaning they made.
They did not forget their originals when they came to settled life, they did not forget the wars they fought with the Crusaders around Sorkun in 1101 while living as nomads, and they kept the previous settlements around those places alive in the summer.
They continued their livestock and agricultural activities here. In other words, they continued to live in Sorkun in summer and in Izvit campus in winter.
Of course, it was not easy to suddenly get rid of the traditions of nomadic life. Until that; Until the early 1980s, they continued their semi-nomadic traditions, migrating to the plateau in summer and to the village in winter, and continued their habitual lifestyle by shrinking it.
Although their belief is Islam in the Izvit campus, they have continued to maintain some of the cultures they brought from Central Asia.
For example, when the first tombstones were examined in the cemetery, they continued the grave culture traditions they brought with them from Central Asia by erecting balbal stones in their graves.
Black mulberry has an important place in the tree culture that Turks brought from the past. In the rest of my article, I will present examples of the tree culture our ancestors reflected on today.
Black Mulberry Tree
The first tribes that settled in Izvit, planting a black mulberry tree in front of their homes are due to the culture they brought with them.
There are so many black mulberry trees on the village campus for which no age determination has yet been made. These mulberries remain the same today as they were 60 years ago. One of these black mulberries is the black mulberry tree in front of my grandfather's house. It is the same today as it was in my childhood.
My father died in 1995 at the age of 85. In his expressions before he died, “I used to go into the hive in the trunk of our mulberry tree and play. This hive was the same on that day, it is the same today. " he would say. While explaining this, he would imply that the black mulberry tree has lived for centuries.
It must be due to the fact that no damage was done to the black mulberry trees in the village. In my own life, I witnessed that the black mulberry tree was cut only once in the village. He was also ceased in 1969 to expand the road.
I have not heard it openly voiced, but my late mother said "Bad things happen to anyone who cuts a mulberry tree." I would hear you say. I think that mulberry trees are protected, depending on the belief that the Turks have come and moved.
Durmus Ali Özbek,