Reaching the harem of the Ottoman Empire does not mean that the woman will get close to the emperor. No such woman was presented before the emperor.
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Although Haram got maximum fame during the period of Mughals, but Ottoman Empire It had a different status in me too. Many foreign travelers in the early 15th century Istanbul Wrote many things regarding the reach and the harem of the empire. Women were kept in the harem, but it was not so easy to get a place in it. For this, special qualities in women were tested. The purpose of these women was to woo and please the emperor.
These concubines, who pleased the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, neither had any lineage nor any strong identity. They were abducted from different countries and brought to the market and regular bids are made. The buyer used to bid for them only after seeing their many qualities.
These qualities were necessary to get close to the king
Reaching the harem of the Ottoman Empire does not mean that the woman will get close to the emperor. No such woman was presented before the emperor. Such a woman was brought in front of the king, who would keep on watching if anyone saw him. Not just beauty, she needed to be proficient in dancing to please the emperor.
Sheron-poetry, playing musical instruments and her hold in art used to decide whether she would reach the harem or not. If she did not have these qualities, she used to learn them when she had time. The women who were proficient in these used to rule in the harem.
The status of the maidservant was equal to that of the king’s wife.
Sultan’s mother used to have the biggest seat in the harem. Who was called Walid-e-Sultan. Walid-e-Sultan had an important role in maintaining the atmosphere of peace from the maintenance of Haram. The lady of the harem who was closest to the Sultan and with whom the Sultan spent the most time was called Kadin.
The status of Kadin was very high. They used to have a lot of money, position and power. Kadin’s height is so big that it can be understood from this that he was given respect equal to Sultan’s wife. She was given everything including clothes, jewelry and money which was being given to Sultan’s wife. In this way his status was much higher.
When their age passed, the women working under them were prepared for the emperor. The most beautiful women among them were trained in other things that the Sultan liked and needed to become his concubine. As she got closer to the emperor and pleased him, both her status and power started increasing.