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It should be noted that Arthur Custance was a religious creationist advocate for extreme age claims, as they 'supported' the Biblical claims. Thus, his 'endorsement' means nothing.Ryoung122 07:47, 12 September 2007 (UTC)
Even the referenced book site says the figures mentioned are to be taken with some skepticism and primarily based on memory reports. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 16:18, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
While most people wouldn't give this case ANY credence, it does help to establish an historical pattern of age claims and points to the need for verification. If NO ONE exaggerated their age, there would be no need for age verification, would there? Therefore, even the false claims are important...
Further, someone may believe this case on the nonrational bases of religious, nationalistic, or perhaps quack affliations. Ryoung122 19:16, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
I'm the originator of the article and I have translated the text from Turkish Wikipedia, which uses several books as the reference. Rohat Alakom a Kurdish/Turkish historian and the writer gives extensive research on the topic in his book Kurder i den moderna turkiska litteraturen (1991, Stockholm, Vejin) or Eski İstanbul Kürtleri (1453 - 1925) (Kurdish of The Old Istanbul) with dates, pictures and other sources. After the death there was an autopsy made in Turkey and some of his internals are displayed to the public. Debates on the exact age exist because at the time in Ottoman Empire birth records were not kept as accurate as in Roman Catholic west. Since there's no custom of baptism, people were reluctant to report births on time. Especially male births were reported late to delay the mandatory military service. So, according to the birth and death certificates he was born in 1777 and lived 157 years. However, he could be lived as long as 160 years because of the latency in reporting the birth. According to several sources Zaro Aga has spent quite some in the US as a public attraction, so I am sure you can also find other US based references on this topic. A secondary autopsy was made at some US university (I'll put the name up here if I find it) so there must also be some reports, papers or articles on this. I think his travels in the US and the fact that his body was sent from Turkey to US for autopsy after the death could be the source of rumors about him being a US citizen or dying in the US. BillyGee (talk) 03:49, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
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