Monday, September 03, 2007

Old men of Sheki...

Today I am posting a photo of three men whom I met in the street of Kish village of Sheki. They are playing backgammon, one of the most favorite national table games of Azerbaijanis. I have asked them if I could take their photo and post it on internet and they replied that I was free to do whatever I wanted. Actually I just wanted to share with you this scene that I couldn’t pass by.

Interestingly these old men are sitting close to an old Albanian Temple of Kish village. Well the Temple is of V – VI century B.C. (the oldest Albanian church) so men are younger :) I will start series of posts devoted to the mentioned temple but for now here are typical and real characters of Sheki. I thought it would be interesting for you to see them. Take your time and look attentively to the cloths they wear and wood cuts they sit on.
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5 comments:

Sara said...

Very interesting picture. I especially like the vest the one man is wearing. Since I knit - I am always looking at patterns. That one is very interesting.

oldmanlincoln said...

You are right, there is a lot to see in this photograph. Most of it you never mentioned. Did you know the man on the left in blue trousers is also wearing long underwear and the legs of it are tucked into his socks? And the man on the right is fingering his prayer beads. I noted a discarded cigarette butt below him. The vest is hand done and beautiful at that.

I like this photograph and I hope people will take the time to look at it. There is a lot of information in it.

I wish you had asked these gentlemen how old they are.

Thanks for this post.

julia said...

Nice to see this. The car brings us back to the present. Surprised at an Albanian Temple, is it Eastern Orthodox or what? will look at your next posts

Ayten Giyas said...

Dear All, thank you very much for your comments and support. It is very motivating for me. Thank you.

framboisine said...

it was a good travel through your pictures, Françoise