Istanbul – Bazaar

Istanbul – Covered BazaarAmbience: Hawkers, BazaarThis week we’re showcasing some of the sounds of Istanbul, Turkey, I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.We’re in a covered bazaar, a huge marketplace, where items of every description are sold. These men are selling circumcision suits. In Turkey, boys are typically circumcised when they are 5 or 6 years old. The suits are flashy costumes, often white silk embroidered in gold thread, trimmed with feathers and fur, plus a cape, a crown-like cap and a scimitar. After the circumcision, the boy is regaled with presents by his family, celebrating his entry into manhood.If you’re lucky enough to be taken to the rooftop of the bazaar, it’s a wonderful place to hear the call to prayer, which takes place at intervals throughout the day. First you hear the amplified cries of the muezzin from distant mosques, joined by a call from a nearby minaret.The sounds of Istanbul. Check out our website, pulseplanet.com for some exciting news. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Istanbul - Bazaar

The soundscape of one of Istanbul's covered marketplaces - earphone listening recommended!
Air Date:02/01/2021
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Istanbul - Covered BazaarAmbience: Hawkers, BazaarThis week we're showcasing some of the sounds of Istanbul, Turkey, I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.We're in a covered bazaar, a huge marketplace, where items of every description are sold. These men are selling circumcision suits. In Turkey, boys are typically circumcised when they are 5 or 6 years old. The suits are flashy costumes, often white silk embroidered in gold thread, trimmed with feathers and fur, plus a cape, a crown-like cap and a scimitar. After the circumcision, the boy is regaled with presents by his family, celebrating his entry into manhood.If you're lucky enough to be taken to the rooftop of the bazaar, it's a wonderful place to hear the call to prayer, which takes place at intervals throughout the day. First you hear the amplified cries of the muezzin from distant mosques, joined by a call from a nearby minaret.The sounds of Istanbul. Check out our website, pulseplanet.com for some exciting news. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.