An ancient Caria Village: Çomakdağ Kızılağaç in Mylasa, Turkey
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Unsurprisingly, the foundations for human neurodevelopment are laid down in early childhood period. In addition to the dynamics of development of the kids, an evaluation of social and ancient historical bases of their families is important for pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons, as did in the following example.
Geography of Çomakdağ Kızılağaç, an ancient Caria Village
Hecatomnus of Mylasa and Labraunda in ancient Caria
Fishes with golden earring and neckplaces in Zeus Labrandios temple
Roman author Aelian specifies oracle eels in Labraunda in his book “Nature of Animals” based on information from the encyclopedia of Plinius [2, 3, 4]. Aelian notes that eels living in holy pool located in an area below Labrandios Temple are adorned with golden earrings and necklaces [2, 3, 4]. These fishes, dedicated to Zeus Labrandios, are blessed, in one sense; they are characterized as oracle fishes since diviners are foretelling only by means of them [2, 3, 4]. According to author, foretelling related to future of individuals was being assessed according to behaviors of fishes: if fishes eat the food given by the person having a wish, then it was believed that the wish would become real otherwise some challenges would be faced [2, 3, 4]. According to some ancient sources, desperate people seeking healing for various health problems such as infertile couples even from distant Caria cities who wanted to have children and probably those having sick children have started visiting this temple to offer gifts and sacrifices [2, 3, 4, 5]. Thus, the reputation of the temple was spreading and becoming a healer sacred area in turn among the Carians [2, 5]. According to Plinius, Greeks and Romans believed that eels are genderless and deem as holy [2, 3, 4, 5].
Cloth toy dolls simulating cultural features in Çomakdağ villages
Today, it seems that strong, resilient, and daring features of the people living in current Çomakdağ nomad villages root back to Carians. Now, it is believed that the tradition of wearing gold necklaces in the necks of girls living in Çomakdağ Kızılağaç today inherited from the eel believed to cure the ancient Carian children in the mythological story.
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