National Geographic : 1937 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © American Colony, Jerusalem A NEGRO BARD CHANTS AGE-OLD WAR SONGS He accompanies himself on a primitive one-stringed fiddle. The performer has only four full notes at his disposal, but he may divide these into quarter tones. Time and rhythm make up somewhat for the limited scale and doleful strains. Negro slaves are common in Bedouin lands. us. She saw that we were exhausted and invited us to recline and rest. We asked for water, but she was wiser and filled a bowl with milk that had been clabbered. This is a somewhat acid drink and especially thirst-quenching for that reason. Nothing could have been more welcome. YOUR HOST IS YOUR SERVANT We had been resting a short time when the husband arrived. After greeting us, he asked if we had been properly served and if there was anything else we wanted. When we insisted that we had to press on, he directed us to the tent of the chief near by. The chief also spread rugs and beds for us. It was springtime, the flocks were giv ing abundant milk, and the women were very busy with butter making. Yet we were served with coffee and clabbered milk in the prescribed Bedouin manner. Knowing that we needed rest more than food, our host ordered a light repast. He called to his women to bake fresh bread. This he served with a round pile of fresh butter in an engraved copper dish. After we had dipped our bread and eaten it, we were ready for sleep. An aba was laid over each of us for a coverlet and our host bade us have perfect peace until morning. Next day, we ran out in time to see a brilliant desert sunrise. How similar was our experience to that of Sisera, the Canaanite captain! Fleeing in rout, he sought hospitality in the tent of Heber the Kenite, who was a Bedouin (Judges 4). "He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish" (Judges 5: 25). "And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle" (Judges 4: 18). Certainly, I know of no Bedouin custom that would have justified Jael in driving a tent peg through the temples of her sleep ing guest.