Wearing the turban
The wit and wisdom of Nasreddin Hodja never leaves him tongue-tied. One day an illiterate man came to Hodja with a letter he had received.
- Hodja, please read this letter to me. Hodja looked at the letter, but could not make out a single word. So he told the man.
- I am sorry, but I cannot read this. The man cried:
- For shame, Hodja! You must be ashamed before the turban you wear (i.e. the sign of education)
Hodja removed the turban from his own head and placed it on the head of the illiterate man, said:
- There, now you wear the turban. If it gives some knowledge, read the letter yourself.