Hubble Bubble (Nargile)

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Well, seeing this came up in another thread last night and questions were raised I thought it best to give you the lowdown.

Hubble-bubble, or Nargile is one of the oldest traditions in Turkey and has enthusiasts of all ages and sexes who find great pleasure in smoking it.

The original nargile came from India, but it was rather primitive as it was made out of coconut shells! The basic idea was to remove the inside of the coconut and dip a straw in its shell. Its popularity spread to Iran, where the word "nargil" means coconut in Persian, and to the Arab world.

However the hubble-bubble completed its evolution in Anatolia when brought in the 17th century and having become a very important part of coffee house culture, has not changed its style for the last few hundred years.

Even today the hubble-bubble continues to give a special breed of smokers enjoyment.
Turkish craftsmen engraved beautiful designs such as clear, white or colorful bottles that look as if they were made out of crystallized ice, or more common designs like fruit or flowers.

Rules were created even for lighting the hubble-bubble and, as one of the main pastimes of the male population in the society, the preparation of the hubble-bubble was ceremonious and deliberately prolonged, especially for the eldest male in a family.

In order to beautify old Turkish houses, a special corner was put aside where the hubble-bubble was placed.


A hubble-bubble consists four parts: Body, bowl, tube and mouthpiece. Body-Govde: This is the part where the bowl is placed and is filled with water in order to cleanse filth created by the burning tobacco and also to absorb the nicotine.

Some professional hubble-bubble smokers used certain fruit like sour cherries or grapes in their govde just to enjoy the motion it created in the water. The body is usually made of glass; however more elegant ones are made out of porcelain, silver or crystal and embellished with gold, silver or coral. These bodies formed a unique type of Turkish handicraft and were mostly decorated with floral motifs.
Bowl-Lule: A specially-formed plug of tobacco (tombeki) is put in the bowl, which is pierced and covered with a conical cap so that that the flame may be sheltered on windy days. Tombeki is a special tobacco and not all tobaccos qualify for usage in the hubble-bubble. Only oak charcoal should be placed on the top of the tobacco.

Tube-Marpuc: The long flexible hose attached to the main body part. A marpuc might be embellished with embroidery, beadwork or other woven handicraft art.

There may be more than one tube so that two or more people can smoke together while chatting.
Mouthpiece-Agizlik: At the end of the tube (marpuc) there is a mouthpiece to inhale the smoke. Don't puff as strongly as on a cigarette. Rather, suck the smoke gently and don't inhale deeply. The sucking should generate pleasant bubbling sounds in the water, which is all part of the fun.

These days Turks don't have as much time to sit and smoke hubble-bubble as their fathers and grandfathers did years ago. Unfortunately, like most wonderful things from the past, the hubble-bubble suffered a decline with the availability of cigarettes, which forever changed the way Turks use tobacco.

However, recently hubble-bubbles have caught the interest of the new generation in Turkey in search of their history and traditions, and at coffee houses and recently the swiftly-spreading nargile cafes you can see many people enjoying this old pleasure.
In addition to young Turks, tourists who visit Turkey are attracted to the hubble-bubble and often buy them as souvenirs to take home to their family and friends.

The new fashion is hubble-bubble flavored with strawberries, apples or cappuccino. It takes about an hour to smoke a pipe full of fruit tobacco, two hours for the stronger stuff. The smoke is noticeably cooler than cigarette smoke, and lightly intoxicating.

Fans of the hubble-bubble state that smoking a hubble-bubble is nothing like smoking a cigarette, and also add "Cigarettes are for nervous, competitive people. When you smoke a hubble-bubble, you have time to think".

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Coolio, will have to try that, Merv! There's a great little Morrocan restaurant here where you have to sit on carpets and theres hubble bubble machines on all the little tables. Next stop la la land..Although Sarah & I don't need much help getting there.
 
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Carmella said:
Coolio, will have to try that, Merv! There's a great little Morrocan restaurant here where you have to sit on carpets and theres hubble bubble machines on all the little tables. Next stop la la land..Although Sarah & I don't need much help getting there.
Just make sure theyve got wheelchair access LOL :doh:
 
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