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Zeybek are the folk heroes of Western Anatolia (today’s Turkey). From their first appearance in history around 1600 until the consolidation of the modern Turkish state in the 1920’s, they played a key role in defending the little guy from rogue militias, rapacious landlords and tax collectors, and even aiding armies in repelling invading Russians in 1877-8, and Greeks in 1922.

They hid in the highlands, lived off the land, elected their chief, called Efe, and had a strict code of honour. The name Zeybek is said to derive from the Turkish “bekneg”, meaning durable, healthy, reliable, and “zey”, meaning almost the same thing.

Today, Zeybek is the most popular dance of Western Turkey, and one of the most popular in the country. There are said to be over 150 different Zeybek dances, varying by region and type – fast, slow, solo man & solo woman, group, couple, etc.

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  • Copyright: Mesut Tas (Mesut09) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 0 N: 201] (1091)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-08-10
  • Exposure: 1/5 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-08-10 2:32
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