National Geographic : 1926 Dec
© National Geographic Society Autochromes Lumiere by Maynard Owen Williams MOSLEM AND CHRISTIAN NEIGHBORS OF EL-BIREH AND RAMALLAH Among the peasants and small-town dwellers of Palestine, the veil is seldom used for concealment. But convention makes itdifficult toobtain photographs of women. This convention, which has a religious significance to the Moslems, is often equally strong among Christians. The woman at the left is a Moslem matron of El-Bireh, the other a schoolgirl of the Christian town of Ramallah. The chaplets ofcoins worn byboth women are thought by some to have inspired the halo in sacred art (see also Color Plates III, VIII, and XII).