Turkish-Cologne Water

by Mitri Sirin

Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)


Every day, guests came to my grandparents' house in Turkey. When we were on holiday, I could always smell when visitors were over. It was then that my grandmother went round with a bottle made of heavy crystal glass. Every guest was given a splash in the hand; a revitalising fragrance of lemon and lime. Kolonya is has long been a sign of hospitality and purity and it is also known as the scent of Turkey. In the 19th century, cologne found its way to the Ottoman Empire. There are cheap scents that smell like fragranced tissues and more expensive scents containing fig, rosemary or lavender. The bottles are also found in restaurants or hospitals. Many Turkish families in Germany have a Kolonya bottle, the scent of their homelands. I remembered this at the start of the Corona epidemic. I bought myself a bottle at my local Turkish greengrocer. Kolonya consists of eighty percent from ethanol and kills viruses. The Turkish Minister of Health encourages using it. Meanwhile, the ritual strengthens the feeling of togetherness during these distanced times.



similar articles

The better America (Topic: Canada)

Republic of indigenous nations

by Pamela Palmater

How Canada’s indigenous nations are trying to revive old forms of self-determination.

more


The new Poland (Survey)

80% of Japanese people want to cancel or postpone the Olympic Games*

by Chingli Tor

There is currently an appeal stuck to the windows of a Tokyo hospital that sums it up: “The medical system is on the brink of collapse! For God’s sake, cancel t...

more


Ich und alle anderen (Cultural spots)

The Midnight Sun Mosque in the Arctic

by Saira Rahman, Nilufer Rahman

A mosque beckons believers to the far north of Canada

more


The better America (Topic: Canada)

A multitude of voices

by Sherry Simon

Contemporary Montreal has been shaped by a wide range of languages. A stroll through the Mile End district.

more


Nonstop (What's different elsewhere)

Subtle love

by Kim Thuy

In Vietnam, people don't talk openly about their feelings.

more


A story goes around the world (Topic: A story goes around the world)

A story goes around the world (chapter 5 of 8)

by Patricia Grace

During the lockdown we asked eight international authors to write a story together. Chapter 5.

more