National Geographic : 1937 Jan
BEDOUIN LIFE IN BIBLE LANDS © American Colony, Jerusalem HERE COMES THE BRIDE, A BEDOUIN, AND HER ATTENDANTS Second from the left, the bride is easily distinguished by her silk and silver headband, worth the price of a camel. Over her voluminous dress she wears a jacket and a sleeveless coat. The attendant maidens wear large square headcloths of cotton or silk (page 79). There was a vow of peace between them which should have been complete protec tion (Judges 4: 17). Among the desert peoples verbal oaths are as binding and in violate as written pledges. The simplicity of the Bedouin's life re flects the silent dignity of his deserts. Fru gality of resources in the deserts and oases finds a counterpart in his way of living. It is a constant struggle to provide essen tials like food, water, and protection from winds and sun. Myriads of glittering wild flowers bloom ing in the spring, autumn sandstorms, and winter snows enliven the monotony of the barren background. The Bedouin, learn ing from Nature, brightens his life with the ceremonious entertainment of guests, colorful woven curtains, garments, and rugs, with camel racing, dog coursing, and an occasional war. If the Bedouin survives the pressure of modern civilization, he may still return to pitch his tents among the ruins of our cities. He has weathered many previous threats to his culture. Who knows but that his may still be the race immortal? INDEX FOR JULY-DECEMBER, 1936, VOLUME READY Index for Volume LXX (July-December, 1936) of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE will be mailed upon request to members who bind their copies as works of reference.