Sunday, 8 August 2010

Exotic


The Turkish pop singer Tarkan is, I believe, also well known in the rest of Europe.

He has brought out a new album, and to congratulate hem, being a national pride as he is, the mayor of Kastamonu, presented hem with a bunch of 41 garlic heads.


Why garlic heads instead of a boring bunch of flowers? Not because our handsome boy is a vampire, nor vampires abound in Turkey. But garlic is the universal remedy against the evil eye, so that his new album won’t flop. And why 41? Forty is a hallowed number here, also meant to ward off the devil, so is the confinement of a new born and its mother 40 days long, as is also the period of heavy mourning after a death.


To ward off the evil eye –always lurking- is no better system that to say Maşallah !! (Praise the Lord) forty times, and then you add one extra for good measure in case that counting till forty is a problem.

So in this simple, salubrious and well proven way, the mayor of Kastamonu makes sure that Tarkan’s new album will be again a great success.

Yayyy….keep it weird!!

11 comments:

  1. very funny indeed ! especially the reason for the one extra above 40.....

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  2. excellent i'm making one with 43 straight away !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Haha! He's sure looking very stylish with that garlic wreath... ;)

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  4. Cool!! I love garlic, they're are so yummy!! Maybe instead of flowers presents, I should ask my husband and friends to give me garlic too! They are still welcome to give me chocolate and cakes as presents too!

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  5. You give me a good laugh Star, tahnk you!:)

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  6. Hahahah well at least you can use the garlic later on, flowers just wilt. So a great superstition!

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  7. Using all the tips right away! Thanks!

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  8. great to read ! I have good memories of songs by Tarkan :-)

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  9. hahahaa:-) u made me smile cilgin hatun:-) the album ROCKSSSSSSSSSSS

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