National Geographic : 1926 Mar
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams "BLACK HONEY" READY FOR TRANSPORT Molasses is a by-product of the sugar industry and is an important item on the menu of the Egyptian of moderate or small means. At Naga Hamadi, where these jars of molasses (known in Egypt as black honey) await shipment, another barrage is very shortly to be thrown across the Nile, similar to that at Esna (see map, page 272). might be regarded as a rather impractical sort of contraption ! SCOUNDREL AND BENEFACTOR PRAISED ALIKE The Egyptian sticks to what has been accepted by his forefathers in the food he eats, in the way he cultivates his land, and, in the case of the townsman, even in the conventional compliments he dis penses. Much depends upon etiquette and cere mony. Ceremonial observances the world over are the last to change in the altered conditions of a changing world. When passing the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, in Cairo, the writer dropped a small copper coin of the value of a cent in the open palm of a distinguished-looking citizen who sat by the wayside begging. The virtue of charity had its immediate reward in a neat little speech of thanks expressed in sonorous Arabic. "What is that fellow saying?" we in quired of our guide. "He says you are one fine gentlemans, and that every day of his life, as long as he lives, he will implore Allah to make you a great lord in your own country and a fruitful father of a multitude of chil dren." Pleased and touched, we stepped back and bestowed further largess to the amount of an additional cent. "What does he say now?" it was de manded. "He remarks that Your Excellency is the greatest doer of good works in all the world." We later encountered in our progress a funeral procession issuing forth from a humble dwelling (see page 287). "The man who has just died was one of the meanest scoundrels in town," our guide judicially remarked. "But what are the hired mourners chanting?" we asked. "Master, they are saying that the de ceased was the greatest doer of good works in all the world." 290 t ~'