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DAILY LIFE During the Seljuk and Ottoman periods Turkish family structure was patriarchal consisting of mother father children and sometimes other close relatives Although woman in rural communities labored in the fields her urban sister was confined to the house whatever her social status Depending on the familys economic situation a woman spent her day doing household chores or supervising the servants most of whom were cariyes pronounced djar-ee-yeh taking care of her children praying sewing and embroidery weaving or playing music Life for women outside the home was limited but by no means non-existent Special occasions such as weddings engagements kina gecesi henna night - a celebration among the women of the two families and the brides friends prior to the marriage paa gn sheep feet soup day - a meal given by the bride and groom to their relatives close friends and neighbors the day after the wedding and mevlit chanting in memory of a dead person or visits to relatives and neighbors were opportunities to socialize and dress up in ones best clothes Visits to the public baths and to cemeteries were frequent and regarded as a womans right Young men and women were not able to see or get to know one another nor to choose the person they were to marry The choice of a bride was the prerogative of the mans mother and if the girls family agreed the matter would be settled by the parents among themselves The marriage contract would be concluded by means of a bride and groom expressing their consent separately in the presence of witnesses without seeing one another In the condition that their work did not involve association with men women were allowed to earn a living The most widespread forms of employment for women both in the cities and in rural areas were weaving and embroidery During the Seljuk period the Ahi brotherhood a semi-mystical organization and forerunner of
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