Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Izmir, Turkiye
Heyy, did you guys know "Nasreddin Hoca" too?
"Nasreddin Hoca" is the most famous and oldest story character in Turkey, a protagonist. I think we got more than 1000 stories involving the Hodja
It`s also popular in Azerbaijan too, maybe in every Turkic speaking countries, dunno...
No one knows if he was really existed or not but in every stories of him, he lives in the Seljuk Empire era... Btw he is not "Hodja" in religious sense, the word "Hodja" means "intelligent and wise man" here.
I found some little stories of him on the web;
Delivering a sermon
Once Nasreddin was invited to deliver a sermon. When he got on the pulpit, he asked, "Do you know what I am going to say?" The audience replied "no", so he announced, "I have no desire to speak to people who don't even know what I will be talking about!" and left.
The people felt embarrassed and called him back again the next day. This time, when he asked the same question, the people replied "yes". So Nasreddin said, "Well, since you already know what I am going to say, I won't waste any more of your time!" and left.
Now the people were really perplexed. They decided to try one more time and once again invited the Hodja to speak the following week. Once again he asked the same question - "Do you know what I am going to say?" Now the people were prepared and so half of them answered "yes" while the other half replied "no". So Nasreddin said "Let the half who know what I am going to say, tell it to the half who don't," and left.
Who do you trust
A neighbor came to the gate of Nasreddin's yard. Nasreddin went to meet him outside. "Would you mind, Hodja," the neighbor asked, "lending me your donkey today? I have some goods to transport to the next town." Nasreddin didn't feel inclined to lend out the animal to that particular man, however. So, not to seem rude, he answered: "I'm sorry, but I've already lent him to somebody else." All of a sudden the donkey could be heard braying loudly behind the wall of the yard. "But Hodja," the neighbor exclaimed. "I can hear it behind that wall!" "Who do you believe," the Nasreddin replied indignantly. "The donkey or your Hodja?"
Taste the same
Some children saw Nasreddin coming from the vineyard with two basketfuls of grapes loaded on his donkey. They gathered around him and asked him to give them a taste. Nasreddin picked up a bunch of grapes and gave each child a grape. "You have so much, but you gave us so little," the children whined. "There is no difference whether you have a basketful or a small piece. They all taste the same," Nasreddin answered, and continued on his way.
Eat, My Fur Coat, Eat!(website says that this one was from a book, written at the year 1481)
Hodja was invited to a dinner reception. He put on his old robe and went. When noticed that nobody paid him any attention, he rushed back home, put on his new robe and fur coat, and returned to the rception. This time, they greeted him at the door, escorted him to the table and offered him the most delicious dishes. Each time they placed a plateful of food in front him, he dipped the collar of his fur coat into the food and said, "Eat, my fur coat, eat!" Everybody was surprised. So, they asked, "What are you doing, Hodja?". "Since all this attention and generosity is extended to my fur coat, it might as well eat the food, too," he answered.
Then, Where Is The Cat?
A few times Hodja brought home some meat but never got a chance to eat it. His wife either ate it herself or gave it to her friends, and each time Hodja asked for some meat she said, "The cat stole it. I ran after it but I couldn't catch it." One day when his wife again told him that the cat had eaten the 2 kilos of meat he had brought, Hodja grabbed the cat and weighed it. It weighed 2 kilos. Hodja then turned to his wife and said, "If this is the cat then where is the meat? But if this is the meat, then where is the cat?"
If I Were On It...
Hodja had lost his donkey. While he was looking for it, he kept repeating, "Thank God!". "Hodja, why are you thanking God all the time?" people asked. "I am grateful that I was not on the donkey. Otherwise I would be lost too," he answered.
This One Thinks
While strolling in the marketplace, Hodja saw a colourful bird for sale for twelve gold pieces. He was very curious and asked, "Why is this bird so expensive?". "This is parrot and it talks," replied the seller. Hodja went straight home, grabbed his turkey and went back to the marketplace to sell it. "How much do you want for the turkey?" they asked. "Ten gold pieces," answered Hodja. Everybody was shocked. "Turkeys don't cost that much!" they remarked. "Well, that man is asking twelve gold pieces for that bird," Hodja said. "But Hodja, that parrot has a skill. It talks. What does your turkey do?". "If that parrot talks then this turkey thinks!" replied Hodja.
Nasreddin Hodja stories are so nice and funny to read. It`s full of satire and wisdom. Btw some of these stories are at least 600+ years old, maybe even 800 years old if Nasreddin really existed
Last edited by Onur; 07-27-2010 at 06:43 PM.