National Geographic : 1917 Aug
Photograph by Rev. Samuel M. Zwemer PILGRIMS ENCAMPED OUTSIDE MECCA The importance of Mecca is in no respect due to its resident population of 100,000, but to the more than 200,000 pilgrims which visit itannually. When the pilgrim, who may have been en route for two years from the most distant corner of theworld, reaches apoint five orsixmiles distant from the sacred city he performs his ablutions and prayers, then lays aside his regular wearing apparel and dons two seamless wrappers. For the remainder of the journey he goes without shoes or head covering. During the period of ceremonial heneither shaves nor trims his nails.