Nasreddin Hodja and the Cooking Pot

A 17th Century miniature of Nasreddin, currently in the Topkapi Palace Museum Library.

A 17th Century miniature of Nasreddin, currently in the Topkapi Palace Museum Library.
A 17th Century miniature of Nasreddin, currently in the Topkapi Palace Museum Library. | Source

The Sufi Prankster Nasreddin Hodja

In Turkey today they still tell stories about the Sufi Nasreddin Hodja, a wily, unique, and certainly funny man. Here is one such tale about him.

Some weeks after borrowing a big cooking pot, Nasreddin Hodja was greeted by the neighbor who had lent him the large pot.

"I am so very sorry for not returning the pot sooner," Nasreddin explained, "But your pot gave birth! Now you also have a "baby" pot. Indeed, now the neighbor happily owned his original pot and a smaller pot, both of which he took home while rejoicing to himself at his fine luck.

A few weeks later, Nasreddin asked the same neighbor to again lend him the original pot. This the neighbor gladly did. Yet, many weeks went by with no word from Nasreddin Hodja. So, the neighbor once again went for the return of his pot.

When he arrived at Nasreddin's door, he was met with a shock: the pot, he was told, had died!

"Nasreddin, do you think me a complete fool? I'm supposed to believe that my pot died?"

"And yet," Nasreddin replied, "You were so quick to believe that your pot gave birth to a baby pot!"


This story was adapted from page 60 of "What a World 2," by Milada Broukal

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