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Samsun - Laz gang

Predictably the Black Sea man, or the " Laz" as he is called with a mixture of affection and sneer, has become a stock figure of the Turkish social typology. This gang is from Samsun, Turkey, on the coast of the Black Sea. Capital of Samsun Province and important Port. Former Greek colony (BC). Captured by Seljuks in 1200. A Genoese trading post - taken by Ottomans in 15th century. Important trade centre - specialising in tobacco, booming after the arrival of the railway in the late 19th century

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Amisos Bandits Belt Brigands Bullet Gang Militia Outfit Rifles Samsoun Samsun Samsunta Samsus 1922 Ottoman Rize Typology


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This photograph captures the essence of the enigmatic figure known as the Laz man or Predictably the Black Sea man, a symbol of Samsun's rich history and cultural identity. Hailing from the coastal city of Samsun, Turkey, on the shores of the Black Sea, this former Greek colony has a storied past, having been captured by the Seljuks in 1200, a Genoese trading post in the 15th century, and an important trade center specializing in tobacco since the late 19th century, following the arrival of the railway. The young men in this image, dressed in traditional Laz outfits, adorned with intricate belts and armed with rifles, are members of the Laz gang. Their costume, a mixture of practicality and tradition, has become a subject of fascination and intrigue, eliciting both affection and sneer from outsiders. The Laz people, also known as the Laze or Rize, have a distinct cultural identity, with their own language and unique customs. The historical significance of Samsun is evident in the backdrop of this photograph, with the Ottoman-era buildings and the bustling port activity. The city's turbulent past has included periods of militia and banditry, with the Laz gangs playing a role in the region's social dynamics. This photograph, taken in 1922, offers a glimpse into the past, providing a window into the history and people of Samsun. The Laz man, with his stoic expression and rifle at the ready, stands as a testament to the resilience and strength of the people of Samsun, who have weathered the storms of history and continue to thrive on the shores of the Black Sea.

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