Egypt Bedouin Culture

           

 

  

 


 
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The Sinai`s Bedouin culture have in common with the Egypt`s general culture the jalabiyya, which is a hooded long robe that can be met in Cairo as well as in Sinai. One important feature of the Bedouin culture is the headgear consisting of the rope – agal- and the cloth – kufiyya. This is characteristic to the Bedouin men. The Bedouin women wear their heads covered and the married ones wear “asaba”, which is a black cloth. The graves of the Bedouins are simply with a stone at the grave` s head and another one to the foot. The deceased clothes are leaved on the grave to be taken by the poor people. The Bedouins` tent is divided into the mag’ad – for the men and for the guests` reception, and the maharama – for the women and the female guests. The guests are welcomed and invited to a coffee, fresh and spiced. The Shabbaba and the rababa are the Bedouin musicians’ traditional instruments. The women are the main singers of the Bedouins; they sit in rows and are engaged in a type of a song- dialogue made from verses and commemorating some special occasions and events. In the Bedouin culture the trespasses are so rare and implicitly hard to forgive and forget. More, in this culture exists a respect for the desert` s hardships and dangers, a respect that is shared by all Bedouins and which imbued the culture with a deep sense of hospitality. In the Sinai`s huge silence and solitude the simply presence of a strange person used to be something unusual; someone new caused a huge curiosity, but also generosity, joy, hospitality and civility. All these values are celebrated in Bedouins` songs, sayings and poetry.

 
 

 

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