Novice Barber

This entry is part 45 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

One day the Hodja went to the barber to get a nice, clean shave. His luck, the experienced barber was not in that day, instead there was the young apprentice.

Nasreddin Hodja was not reassured by the sight of the razor in the trembling hands of the novice barber.

It looked as if the boy was going to cut the Hodja’s face or his throat, any minute. As the hodja was saying quiet prayers to get out of the barber shop with his head in tact, a loud bellowing was heard.

`What was that?’ asked the Hodja, alarmed.

`The blacksmith is shoeing an ox.’ said the boy.

`Oh, thank God!’ the Hodja was relieved, `I thought another apprentice barber was shaving a man!’

Novice Barber – Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Novice Barber

Mullah Nasreddin

Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Molla Nasreddin Hooja was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a populist philosopher, Sufi and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke. A Nasreddin story usually has a subtle humour and a pedagogic nature.

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