Nature is ever a source of joy and hope for
storytellers and listeners alike, a place to
escape and dream.
On the Dilek Peninsular just west of Söke in
Turkey's Aegean region is Mount Samsun, the
ancient Mykale, and on the slopes of this mountain
is the village of Eski Doganbey. Of course this
village has a story! How could it not? Many
escapees from the city like us came here years
ago in pursuit of a story, following a route
that took us past Söke, Güllübahçe and Priene.
Fleeing the urban conflagration, we also managed
to escape the tourism conflagration in Kusadasi
on the way!
There are not just one but many stories relating
to Eski Doganbey, alias Ntomatia, Domatia or
Domaçya, just as there are thousands of myths
and legends relating to the earth, trees and
clouds of Anatolia. There is no need to set
one against the other in competition, or we
would find ourselves unable to decide between
Pan's flute and Apollo's lyre.