Acupuncture amongst the Afghans


By Philip Westmore

The Central Asian legendary wise-fool Mullah Nasruddin spent many years plying the snowy mountain border passes between Afghanistan and its neighbours. All he ever had with him was his trusty donkey and its saddle bags. As the years passed it became obvious to the border guards that Nasruddin was becoming progressively richer, but searching his saddle bags, suspecting Nasruddin to be a smuggler, all the guards could find was straw. In retirement, one of the guards came across the resplendent Nasruddin in a mountainside tea house, and said to him, “Nasruddin, all those years we knew you were smuggling something apart from straw – what was it?” Laconically, Nasruddin replied: “Donkeys.”


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