Who is Nasreddin
The people in Turkey are very familiar with the jokes and stories
of Nasreddin Hodja. Since their childhood, people have been hearing
these jokes all along. They are part of the Turkish culture. The
whole thing began with a man called Nasreddin Hodja who has lived
in central Turkey, in the small town called Aksehir. The jokes
were part of his daily life and they became accepted and welcomed
by the public since his time.
He was a man with great humor, he was very clever and had an
answer to almost all the problems and the dilemmas of his time.
Even today, about 600 years after he has lived and passed away,
people in Turkey still laugh and think about his tricks, common
sense, anecdotes and ingeniousness.
| Nasreddin Hodja's picture.
The original is in the Topkapi Palace Museum, XVIIth. Century
hand written book
(Topkapi Palace Museum Library Cat. No. 2142).
Common Turkish citizens and every institution of the Turkish society
has received a criticism or remark from his philosophical mind. He did
not spare his satire for the state, religion, culture or habits. All
of the human psychology and social weaknesses received their part of
laugh from him. He has seen the human element in each aspect of the
everyday life and has used his wit to make everybody aware of the other
side of reality. That is why his jokes are still alive today.
Question:"What do they do with the
old full moons ?"
Answer:"They are cut and used as stars"
He has lived in 13th century according to some
stories, but still lives among the Turkish people with his jokes.
According to historical documents from Turkey, they are not
very sure of his exact birth date or exactly how he lived. According
to some other stories, he was in life when Tamerlane invaded
Anatolia in 15th century and was born at Sivrihisar. People
from this town have been well known for their ridicule and uniqueness.
Nasr-ed-Din means "Victory of Faith", Hodja means
the "Master" or "Teacher". He has received this honorable title
later in his life.
His father was a religious leader called "Imam"
(leader of the public prayers in the mosque) and he was also
qualified to become "Kadi" which is the person who distributes
the religious law.
Between July 5-10 of each year, the International Nasreddin
Hodja Festival takes place in Aksehir, where his tomb is. Turkish
artists have used Nasreddin Hodja in theater pieces, music, movies,
cartoons and paintings.
Today these jokes belong to Turkish people and the world.
His stories reflect not only his life as a native of Anatolia but
also his time and the life of the Turkish people living at that time
in Anatolia. His jokes and stories are told today by the people of
different countries and his jokes have been translated to many languages.
Enjoy some of his jokes below :)))
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