National Geographic : 1926 Mar
276 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph from Alfred Pearce Dennis OFTEN CONQUERED: NEVER CHANGED Successive waves of invaders have conquered the land of Egypt and held sway over its fertile valley, but while they have succeeded in changing the language and religion they have never changed the peasant life. These Nile farmers are threshing wheat with oxen and sledge in the same way to-day as in the days of Moses and before. Photograph by Frank Wade HARVESTING A ROOT CROP IN A LAND OF VEGETARIANS The diet of the Egyptian farmer and laborer is almost exclusively vegetarian. The quiquas, here being harvested, is one of several root crops which, together with green corn, beans, and sweet potatoes, constitute the staple fare of the fellahin (see text, page 289).