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PostBurqa, and an Ataturk Quote (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 04/11/15 6:15 am)
I came across an interesting fact:
It seems that the use of the burqa started in the Mesopotamia with the cult of the goddess Astarte, goddess of love, fertility and sexuality.
Once a year, all women had to prostitute themselves in a sacred forest near the temple of Astarte. But the women of high society, in order not to be recognized, would dress in a burqa.
When Ataturk decided to abolish the burqa in Turkey, he made the following law:
"Effective immediately, Turkish women have the right to dress as they like. However, all prostitutes shall use the burqa."
From the day after no more burqas were seen. The law should still be in effect.
JE comments: The Ataturk story sounds hard to believe, but I have found several other references to it. Could Yusuf Kanli tell us if the episode is commonly known in Turkey?