Paul Bunyan of West Asia

West Asia/Middle East

West Asia/Middle East

We in the West have tons of stereotypical ideas of what a Middle Eastern hero might look like. In a sense, Juha seems to be closer to the Arabian Paul Bunyan than Disney's Aladdin!

He may not carry a scimitar, but Juha has been a part of local culture for centuries—and has proved useful to Arab jokers and satirists right up until the modern day.

Read the full article at The Economist!