Who is a Turk? May 28, 2009 7:57:59 GMT -5
Post by Vizier of Oz on May 28, 2009 7:57:59 GMT -5
maybe he does and maybe their is a certain Turkic look or looks in Turkey but my point was the range of physical presentations in physical types in Turkiye is very varied and extensive. Maybe its possible to find more consistant Turkic looks/types in some of the other Turkic speaking countries like Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan.
There is certainly some Turkic type, and the photo is a good illustration of it.
Since Turkey was a multicultural empire, there is great deal of varity of racial stocks. After all, over centuries, Albanians, Bosnians, Laz, Chechen, Circassian, Rum, Armenian, Iranian peoples merged in Anatolia and Rumelia, and once known as Ottoman millet has emerged as Turkish peoples of Turkey in the 20th Century. However, the Turks after all, came down to Anatolia by following three major routes, Balkans, Caucasus and Iran.
What is hard to deny is there was large non Turkic population in the Anatolia region when Turks arrived and it seems many of those have been Turkicised and hence as I said Turkic genepool of Turkiye is very mixed.
The Turkic stock kept on arriving Anatolia over centuries. Perhaps they were minority in the beginning, but over time the composition must have changed since there was no restriction for Turkish tribes to settle in Anatolia over centuries.
In the end if people feel they are Turks or Turkic then of course they are. But if they choose to follow the ethnicity of their ancestoral heritage which may be somthing other than Turkic then its there choice also.
Turkish and Turkic are not the same. Turkish is the people of Turkey whilst Turkic is mostly a linguistic affiliation. However, a Turk as seen in the photo is usually a person who is the descendant of the Oghuz, Khazar, Bolgar and Kipchak tirbes. present representative of those are mainly the Yoruks or nomadic Turks.
Let me illustrate what I mean:
In the end its not a big deal and not exclusive toTurkey same thing happened in many countries. Ethnic purity by genetics is for most countries a probable myth.
That is right.
National identity has more to do with any individuals self ethnic consciousness and of course also the cultural and linguistic backgound they most identiy with and that identifies them.
I agree on that too.