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International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review
ISSN 2360-7076
Vol.6 (2), pp. 31-38 March, 2019
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Original Research Article

The most commonly used visual images in Nasreddin Hodja anecdotes and the meanings attributed to these images

Sibel Adar Cömert

Niğde Ömer Halisdemir University, Faculty of Education, Department of Painting Education,Turkey

Author’s Email: sibeladar03(at)

date Received: January 8, 2019     date Accepted: February 15, 2019     date Published: March 12, 2019


Nasreddin Hodja was a humorous figure known for his anecdotes that he believed to live in Aksehir in the1200s. He was also a philosophical person remembered for his comic stories, anecdotes and wise sayings. He is known in most of the geography which dominated the Ottoman Empire, and is owned by many nations. He is an important figure not only in Turkish literature but also in the history of world literature with anecdotes that are valid and universal in the whole time of history and short stories that emphasize human relations with a sense of humor. The reasons that make this research a requirement include; The frequent use of his anecdotes in the first stage of primary education as a teaching method for literacy learning, the existence of researches that were focused on the improvement of literacy skills with anecdotes, the lack of any research related to the visual images often encountered in the anecdotes. In addition, this research is very important in terms of emphasizing the importance of using images in education. In this research, more than two hundred anecdote visual images belonging to Nasreddin Hodja were examined. In order to exemplify the subject, only two illustrations from the images of 15 of the most well-known anecdotes belonging to the Hodja that best express the topic were given. This study was performed with document review method and descriptive analysis technique, which is one of the qualitative analysis techniques used to investigate the images. Among these images, 15 of the most prominent anecdotes images were selected and two images were used in each anecdote. These visuals were evaluated according to the meaning they contained, visual messages they delivered and the images were interpreted also according to their ability to reflect the desired message. It has been observed that his big white quilted turban, white beard and mustache are the most used images, these images reflect his personality as being an educated scholar and a wise person, and his rosary symbolizes the fact that he is also a devout Muslim. The caftan he wears is always visualized as flamboyant and longer than the other characters in the anecdotes and this was used to emphasize that he is the protagonist in all the anecdotes. Besides the visual images in the anecdote books, studies on the images of the cartoons, which has increasingly diversified in recent times, can be done to make the students entertained and learn more easily and permanently.

Key words: Nasreddin Hodja, Visual, Nasreddin Hodja images, imagery.