Seymen

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Seimen (tur. seymen, Persian segban - "Dog sitter") is today a kind of tradition in Anatolia, in which there are men wearing in costumes of bandits.

History[edit]

Traditional seymen costumes

Seymen was a rank in the Seljuk military, introduced at the time of the Battle of Manzikert in 1071[citation needed]. After their triumph, they became protectors of Turkish tribes who had started to settle all around Anatolia.[citation needed] They were the police force in Konya for a time, but after the Mongol Invasion, Seymens were disbanded. However, the Ottomans reintroduced Seymens in the 13th century.[citation needed] In the Ottoman society, the Seymen tradition continued to exist as a paramilitary youth organization. They were known for their unique uniforms and arms.[citation needed]

During the Turkish Independence War, Seymens took up arms once again and fought against the invading forces. Ankara, the stronghold of Seymens, ultimately became the capital of the new Turkish republic.

The traditional Seymen dance, also associated with the province of Ankara, is known as Misket.

Other uses[edit]

Seymen is also a Turkish personal name, as well as a toponym.

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