Fortune telling is quite influential in Turkey with many seeking for their guidance and insights. The practice itself has become relatively popular especially since it is a must try for both locals and tourists alike. One fortune teller practice that is home to Turkey is the ancient art of coffee cup reading which is also known as Tasseography. What role does coffee cup reading play with regards to Turkey’s history and culture?
A divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments is what the practice Tasseography (which is also known as tasseomancy or tassology) revolves around with. This practice has been around for quite some time, dating a thousand years back in the Middle East and is still considered to be hugely popular in Turkey. This is quite apparent especially when you go Istanbul or any small town for a visit in Turkey.
You will notice people having coffee with friends while at the same time reading their respective cups after the drink has been consumed. It is known that this will give a slight hint about their future. It is considered to be a form of social ritual, however if you one posses Physic prowess, the tools found in a coffee cup and its saucer can become useful instruments for fortune telling.
The art of Turkish coffee reading has been around for quite some time which started in the 16th century in the very same country. The reason why the practice of coffee reading is a very popular ritual in Turkey is that this country takes in and consumes coffee in their day to day life. As such, it is quite normal for them to read their coffee cups on a day to day basis. In addition, clairvoyant readings also often play a very important role as it works hand in hand with Tasseography to give people a much clearer overview about their future.
The residual coffee grounds that are left in the cups are used as readings to interpret the future. It should be noted that this is not your regular coffee that you see in stores and cafes on a regular basis. What makes Turkish coffee different from the rest is that it leaves thick, muddy sediment at the bottom of the cup.
It should also be noted that Turks have continued to practice and value fortune-telling even after their conversion to Islam. As such, Turkish culture owes a lot to fortune telling making it an important part of their history, culture and lives. This is indeed quite true especially since discovering the mystery of the cosmic world, and learn what the future holds in advance is what the people in Istanbul have always yearned to know in an effort to command their destiny or even change it.
Turkey’s fortune tellers have indeed played quite an important role in shaping the country’s history and culture. Even as today, their services are still relatively popular and relevant even in this modern day and age of technology. Consider the practice of Tasseography towards your next visit to Turkey. Learn more about the practice of coffee cup reading and bring your friends with you as you read each other’s fortune on your respective coffee cups.