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Karaman sept 2008 4751.jpg

Karaman sept 2008 4751.jpg

Ak koyun (White Sheep) is the name of a tribe. From the Wikipedia: The Ak Koyunlu or Aq Qoyunlu, also called the White Sheep Turkomans (Turkmen: Akgoýunly, Azeri: Ağqoyunlu, Turkish: Akkoyunlu, Ottoman Turkish/Persian: آق قوینلو), was an Oghuz Turkic tribal federation, that ruled parts of present-day Eastern Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, northern Iraq, and western Iran from 1378 to 1508. I am not quite certain that that is the reason of existence for this representation of a sheep in a park, but it’s a nice thought.

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Karamanli 17-Jul-2010 01:42
I'm originally from Karaman. The sheep has a special meaning, be it ak-koyun or kara koyun. There is a saying "Karamanlinin koyunu, sonra cikar oyunu", literally meaning that "The sheep of the Karamanli's, you will their game later". It actually means that Karamanli's are known for their trading and negotiation skills.