"What on earth are you doing?" he asked.
"I'm scattering sesame seeds," Nasruddin replied.
"I can see that!" said the neighbor. "But why are you scattering sesame seeds?"
"To keep the tigers away," said Nasruddin. "I highly recommend you give it a try too!"
"But I don't understand," his neighbor objected. "There aren't any tigers anywhere near here."
"I know!" Nasruddin exclaimed. "Isn't it wonderful? The sesame seeds are working really well."
Inspired by: This is Nasruddin Tale Type T0005.
Notes: In other versions of the story, Nasruddin is keeping lions or other dangers away, and the substances and ritual actions vary (playing drums, doing a dance, etc.).