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Occupying a paramount part in the pre-İslamic Turkish life and undertaking several roles, shamans also took over the role of healing people, which was their most important responsibility. With the adoption of Islam, they handed this job down, as part of the newly-arose practices to individuals called different labels. The most eye-catching of them is folk healers. Defined as ‘the means to detect and distinguish between types of individuals’, the notion of typology is a method of investigation and explanation employed to come up with theoretical clarifications about events and incidents, and make comparisons. Typology in folklore, on the other hand, refers to the research and comparison of the same or similar heritage. Those who are compared through typological works are aimed to be internally classified, evaluated and located at the centre of the national culture. Within the concepts of the type and typology, it is evident that healing centres throughout Anatolia had certain common qualities when looked from a general perspective. Acquiring the quality of a healer, the way healers handed down and took over the qualities, gender, age, education, diseases they cured, medicinal methods, materials used, the place and time of the healing practices are of their common qualities. In addition to subtle differences in these common features, the healing powers in the different parts of Anatolia can be asserted to have similar peculiarities. In the article, the data of 63 healing centres interviewed within the concept of sample study in Kayseri are to be evaluated under fifteen titles and the typology of the healing centres is to be explained.

folk physicians, shamans, type, typology, Kayseri, healing centres

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