Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Nasreddin Hoca

You will probably wonder just as much as I did who this gentlemen is. Walking through Schaerbeek, and by complete chance, I came across Nasreddin Hoca.

And after some research I also figured out who Nasreddin Hoca is. A satirical sufi, a wise man found in the Near and Middle East in the Middle Ages. His actions and stories are illogical yet logical, rational yet irrational, bizarre yet normal. Sort of a satirical stand up comedian in modern day terms.

Do you have a similar figure in your popular culture?
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8 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I love your photograph and the image of the person it depicts.

You asked if we have someone in our culture like him.

The only one who even comes close to this description would be George W. Bush.

He is a truly irrational, bizarre, not quite normal—sort of a satirical stand-up comedian with atomic bombs.

That is frightening.

I like your character much more.

My second episode shows the robin with her head down the baby robin's throat. It was posted this morning.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I like the illogical yet logical, irrational yet rational and bizzare yet normal concepts.

Isn't that what life is all about?!?

Emmanuel.K.Bensah II said...

Truly a paradox! Kewl piccie;-)

kris said...

a little top heavy :o

KMF said...

i like your photoblog and photos nice work
have a nice day

Kate said...

Sounds like mosts DC politicians, without the wiseness and logic.

Wonderful statue.

gizempideci said...

Good detail. In honor of Nasreddin Hodja, UNESCO decided to call the year 1996-1997 International Nasreddin Hodja Year.

www.murcia-3d.com said...

This can't succeed as a matter of fact, that is exactly what I believe.