Karagöz

Definition

Theater

  • (Turkish: dark eyes) An impudent and bawdy comic characterin Oriental shadow-plays. Karagöz was created in turkey, apparentlyby a sheik called Kishteri; the name may have come from a 13th-centuryentertainer. Karagöz is a young reveller with a large penis anda quick and filthy wit. He is often accompanied by the boastful Hacivatand his wife, and sometimes by a selection of stereotyped nationalcharacters, all of whom serve as butts for his jokes. The characteris known in North Africa as Karagush or Karogheuz. The Greek version,Karaghiosis, developed after the revolution of 1821; he was, in contrastto his Turkish counterpart, a decent fellow who travelled the countrywith a band of musicians promoting freedom and morality.
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