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Zeybek / Zeibek / Ziebek from İzmir 'Hadji Simon' Zeybecks were irregular militia and guerrilla fighters living in the Aegean Region of the Ottoman Empire from late 17th to early 20th centuries, of Thracian origin.

Zeybek / Zeibek / Ziebek from İzmir 'Hadji Simon' Zeybecks were irregular militia and guerrilla fighters living in the Aegean Region of the Ottoman Empire from late to early centuries, of Thracian origin.

The traditional outfit of the ‘Efe’ (or: ‘Zeybek’) from the Izmir region.  Late-Ottoman era, end of 19th century.  The ‘Efe / Zeybek’ were the 18th-19th century people’s militia of the Aegean coastal area, who sometimes turned themselves into professional brigands.

The traditional outfit of the ‘Efe’ (or: ‘Zeybek’) from the Izmir region. Late-Ottoman era, end of century. The ‘Efe / Zeybek’ were the century people’s militia of the Aegean coastal area, who sometimes turned themselves into professional brigands.

Zeybek duvar görseli

Zeybek duvar görseli

A Zeibek / Ziebek from Aydın, (Osmanlı Aydınlı Zeybek), As you can see many of this old pictures are cut and reprinted (Pharyah)

Cepheye giderken ailesiyle vedalaşan Türk askeri

Cepheye giderken ailesiyle vedalaşan Türk askeri

Zeybek warrior from the Izmir region. Some of them engaged in the Ottoman army as irregular soldiers.   Photographer: Pascal Sebah, Istanbul, ca. 1880.

Zeybek / Zeibek / Ziebek warrior from the Izmir region. Some of them engaged in the Ottoman army as irregular soldiers. Photographer: Pascal Sebah, Istanbul, ca.

An Ottoman man

A Turkish villager in his best outfit. Not wealthy, but not poor either (note the leather boots). The primary purpose of the large men’s ‘kuşak’ (waist band) is here obvious: to support the back during demanding daily activities. Late-Ottoman, end of c

AYDINLI ZEYBEKLER: Fotoğrafta iki zeybek ve sağ başta bir esnaf var. Esnaf bir locaya bağlı. Zeybekler ise baştan aşağı silahlı. Yolculuk yapanların bahşişle kendilerine zeybek tuttukları da tarihi bir gerçek.

AYDINLI ZEYBEKLER: Fotoğrafta iki zeybek ve sağ başta bir esnaf var. Esnaf bir locaya bağlı. Zeybekler ise baştan aşağı silahlı. Yolculuk yapanların bahşişle kendilerine zeybek tuttukları da tarihi bir gerçek.

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