Folk beliefs


Telli Baba is a Muslim saint and a Sheikh of Qadiri sufi brotherhood. Her tomb is the favorite meeting place for young ladies who desire a perfect husband. They come here to pray and place on the tomb a lock of hair or a piece of fabric, now replaced by the silver threads.

The story has in fact nothing to do with that saint. It is said that during a stormy day, a young couple’s boat capsized. The girl was rescued by an employee of the port and the boy disappeared. A few years later, ready to marry, the girl returns to see her savior but she died already. She goes to her grave and lays a piece of her wedding dress .

Telli Baba Türbesi, Istanbul, Turkey

In Aya Sofya, people are queuing in a front of a column with a copper facing pierced by a hole. It is known as the Weeping Column. It is said that the pillar was blessed by Saint Gregory. Putting one’s finger into the hole can lead to illness being cured if the finger emerges moist.


Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey


Hafez is one of the most popular poet in Iran. It is said that Hafez knew by heart the works of Mevlana Rumi, Saadi and the Quran. Hafez poems and works can be found in every Iranian house and many Iranian use his works for fortune telling.

THE Djinns

Mr Muhammedi is a healer. He receives everyday for consultations. From love advice to the health problems, he is using different books to tell and predict the future such as Hafez’, Nimatullah Wali’s and Shams ed Dîn (Mevlana Rumi’s teacher). He can also talk with djinns (known as genies in Occident). Like humans, they can be good or evil. During these ceremonies, you enter in contact with djinns and can be granted with 7 wishes.

— Mr Muhammedi and his pir, Bandar-Abbas, Iran

SUleyman-too, Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Suleyman-Too is known as Solomon’s Throne. It refers to a legend which tells that the city of Osh was established by the Biblical king. It is said that he visited the area and prayed there. Some people believe that Solomon is buried here. There is no actual evidence that Solomon ever visited the area.

It has a long history as a holy site and some scholars think it was the site of an ancient Zoroastrian temple.

Still today, the whole mountain is considered to be a sacred place.

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