National Geographic : 1937 Nov
PILGRIMS' PROGRESS TO MECCA 627 S. © Oscar Marcus from Black Star MECCA BOUND, A PILGRIM SQUATS ON DECK STUDYING THE KORAN AND TELLING THE BEADS OF HIS ROSARY From Yemen, in southwestern Arabia, this hale old sheik sails up the Red Sea toward Jidda, seaport of Mecca. Every free, able-bodied Mohammedan who can afford it must journey at least once to Islam's holy city, where Christians and other "unbelievers" are not welcome. From 25,000 to 150,000 devotees from all over the Moslem world take part in the pilgrimage during the last month of the Mohammedan lunar year. In 1938 it will begin in February.