• The Man Rocks Of Mersin (Adam Kayalar)
A location in Turkey’s Mersin Province called Adamkayalar, which means “man-rocks,” is well known for its rock carvings. This location, which is a few kilometers inland from the Mediterranean coast, is on the southern slope of the Taurus Mountains. On the slope of a difficult-to-reach valley in a lush geography, there are 17 human figurines engraved. There are 2 children, 4 females, and 11 males carved in 9 inches. These figurines’ exact age is uncertain, however it has been hypothesized that they were carved sometime between the fourth and second centuries A.D. , It has been hypothesized that these figurines were carved over time because of the stylistic changes that can be seen in them. Much is unknown about these carvings because there are no written records of them. There are claims that a funeral cult formerly worshipped at Adamkayalar. This can be confirmed by the image of the corpse resting on a bed (this is a common motif in the Roman world to depict a dead person). Additionally, it is asserted that some of the sculptures have inscriptions that offer some details about the individuals who constructed the tombs and the individuals interred there. However, because of their poor preservation, we can only infer a limited amount of information about the figures.
Adamkayalar, which is positioned so that it can see Kizkale from above, is situated in a key site given the geographical circumstances of the area. It is assumed that the village, which was built to control the valley roads coming interior from the coast, had walls encircling the hill. It is believed that the area was used specifically for military purposes during the Hellenistic Period, when numerous fortresses were built along the same line.
There are 11 different frames that house the Adamkaya reliefs. The figures from the scene of the feast of the four Decadents are the ones that appear the most frequently in the renderings of the reliefs on the hillside. The deceased are depicted in these settings either by themselves or alongside their wives and sons. The reliefs show the dead people’s sons, together with two male soldiers.
The ritual to perform the dead feast has five digits and is located in the middle of the slope, above the level of the underlying platform, with an altar on the left, a man figure on the right, and a female figure seated to the right of the figure carved into the rock.
Another relief depicts a guy clutching a bundle of grapes in one hand and a goat by the horns in the other. The guy standing as the deceased person shakes hands with his wife who is seated in the relief, which serves as a farewell scene.
Two further reliefs from the Adamkaya reliefs depict a man in a coat who is explaining something but is not yet fully aware of what it is, as well as another man who is clutching something in his hand. Many of the reliefs are dated to 2 BC in the inscriptions discovered beneath the scenes, where the names of the deceased priests are written. It was assumed that the area was utilized as a cemetery based on the tower structure and the presence of sarcophagi on the hill descending to the reliefs.
Those who are interested in the area must make a very arduous journey to see the Adamkayas due to the difficulty of transportation.
story of adam kayalar
Long ago, in the southern region of Turkey, there lived a small community of people who depended on the sea for their livelihood. They were skilled fishermen and traders, and their lives were closely intertwined with the rhythms of the ocean.
One day, as they were out fishing, they noticed a strange formation on the nearby cliffs. As they got closer, they saw that it was a series of large rock formations that had been sculpted by the wind and sea over thousands of years. These rocks had taken on the shape of human figures, and the villagers were amazed by their beauty.
The villagers began to visit the rock formations regularly, and they soon realized that they were not just natural formations, but something more. They believed that the rocks were the embodiment of their ancestors, who had been turned to stone by the gods as a punishment for their misdeeds.
The villagers began to treat the rocks with great reverence, and they built a small shrine at their base. They would leave offerings of food and flowers, and they would pray to their ancestors for guidance and protection.
Over time, the Adam Kayalar, as they came to be known, became a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the region. The villagers began to charge a small fee for visitors to enter, and they used the money to build a larger shrine and to improve the surrounding area.
Today, the Adam Kayalar are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, and they continue to inspire awe and wonder in all who visit them. The villagers who first discovered the rocks are long gone, but their legacy lives on in the form of this remarkable natural wonder.