Billet Throwing Ceremony when a Boy is Born in Karaman
In general, Log Throwing is a tradition that used to be intensely applied in Karamanoğulları Countries and now in places.
Around Ermenek, where the Karamanoğulları first settled, and in our neighborhood (Pınargözü - Güneyyurt) where I was born personally, those who had boys used to invite the neighborhood and hold a log-throwing ceremony at their home.
It is certain that here is a reference to a different value given to the boy. As this phenomenon gradually loses its importance, this tradition has also started to disappear.
Logging used to consist of two stages.
1- People go to the house where a boy is born with a log 2- Treats in the house where a boy is born
The boy's father informs the mosque congregation and its neighbors that he has a son and calls the congregation to his house to name it. The congregation, who wants and is available, arrives in front of the house and throws the log on his shoulder, which he brought from his house.
Here, after prayers such as May God raise mother and father, God make good son, son father would make the treat he prepared. Thus, the purpose of announcing that the parents had a son would have come true.
The catering used to be feast-style things like molasses halva with oil or shredded dough bread kadayif. Nowadays, Turkish delight biscuits are easily served.
The last log-throwing ceremony was held in our neighborhood by Goca Sarının Hidayet, approximately 2010.
From the exchange of ideas I made with the public on the subject: views emerged that the father, who used to be his first son, had a few daughters, and the family did when each son was born.
We cannot call it the tradition of patriarchal societies, everyone was patriarchal and proud of it until the signing of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights", which the UN accepted and declared in Paris, the capital of France, by copying it from Islam on December 10, 1948.
As it can be understood from the data in the region of Burdur Karamanlı district below, it is a fact that in ancient Turks, especially in periods when the pre-Islamic shaman culture was dominant, boys were valued more than girls.
Log Throwing Custom in Karamanoğulları
Our brother Murat Çoban from Burdur Karamanlı district explains this tradition as follows:
The "Stump Throwing" ceremony, which is the tradition of the Karamanoğulları Principality and is held for the birth of the family's first baby boy, is also held in the district of Karamanlı in Burdur.
In the stump-throwing ceremony, folk dances are performed by the friends of his father for the first born son of the family, accompanied by drums and flutes.
In this celebration, which was the tradition of the Karamanoğulları Principality about 700 years ago, a log is thrown down from a high part of the house where the baby boy was born and shot into the air with a gun.
After the red inscription on the log is removed by the father, it is removed to be stored until the baby boy's wedding. The red inscription is hung on the mother's neck by the father after the coins are taken off.