Sunday, September 6, 2009

Karagoz and Hacivat, puppets from Turkey

This is a card that someone glued a plain piece of paper onto the back and made it a postcard. They wrote that these two are Haragoz and Hacivat an that they became a role model for public knowledge to be formed.

postmarked in 2009 with a machine stamp from Turkey

not on the card, but some information:

Karagöz (meaning blackeye in Turkish) and Hacivat (also written Hacivad) are the lead characters of the traditional Turkish shadow play, popularized during the Ottoman period. The central theme of the plays are the contrasting interaction between the two main characters: Karagöz represents the illiterate but straightforward public, whereas Hacivat belongs to the educated class, speaking Ottoman Turkish and using a poetical and literary language. Karagöz's native wit always gets the better of Hacivat's learning (but his money-making ventures always fail)

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