In the Hisaralan neighborhood, said to be founded in the 17th century, 23 kilometers from Sındırgı, drums are played on one side of the river while drums are not played on the other side due to the tomb of İbrahim Dede. At weddings, the drums are played up to the bridge over the creek at the entrance of the village to welcome the bride and it continues with the darbuka between the neighborhoods. During Ramadan, out of respect for İbrahim Dede, tin cans were played instead of drums and people from the neighborhood were brought to Sahur.
Hisaralan District Head Sezgin Altınöz said: “According to rumors, İbrahim Dede came as a shepherd from Dursunbey Göbül Village during the founding years of our village. He made a pilgrimage to the rich network he once served, and one day he craved strength halva. He goes to him and asks him to make halva. When the Agha’s wife asks what he should do with the halva, he says he will send it to someone. The Agha’s wife makes the halva and delivers it to Ibrahim. Meanwhile, the agha sees the halva when he greets while praying in his tent in Mecca.
Thinking that someone left the freshly cooked warm halva, he eats it with pleasure and prays. However, after consuming the halvah, seeing that the halva container resembles his own containers, he puts it in his pocket and returns to the village. Returning to the village, he asks his wife where the halva container is and the truth is exposed. The truth becomes clear when the Agha’s wife tells the shepherds that Ibrahim had made halva to send to someone and that he had not seen the halva container since that day. İbrahim brings the animals without grazing and wants to kiss his landlord’s hand and welcome him. Thereupon the Agha Ibrahim does not shake hands and says that you are the one whose hand is being kissed and wants to put it in his corner. But İbrahim does not accept his Agha’s request and continues to work as a shepherd.”
“THE DRUM IS BROKEN, THE HOUSE IS BURNED DOWN”
Muhtar Altınöz said that drums have not been played in her village during weddings and Ramadan months for years: “The wishes of İbrahim Dede are fulfilled in our village from generation to generation. The drummers, who already know this, don’t play the drums when they come to the village for the wedding. However, recently one of the residents of our village wanted to force the drummer to play the drum while he was marrying his son. As the drums begin to play, a fire breaks out in the wedding house. That’s why there hasn’t been any drumming in the village since then,” he said.
Muhtar Altınöz said: “Again recently, one of the prominent people of our village, whom we also know, enters the village with a horse with tied tail at the wedding and cut down the mulberry tree in the village. He became paralyzed when he hit the mulberry tree and continued his life as paralyzed. That’s why there are no horses with tied tails in our village,” he said.
Altınöz said that out of respect for İbrahim Dede, drums have not been played in the village for centuries and the villagers do good deeds for him twice a year.