National Geographic : 1954 Dec
Jordan Water Quenches a Thirst In Tsarist times, Russian pilgrims thronged the Jordan, taking back bottles of water as souvenirs. They arrive no more. This Arab shepherd boy scoops a drink from the river near Israel's Lake Hula. + Bethlehem Wives Wear Their Wealth The traditional bridal cos tume in the village of Christ's birth is erroneously attributed to Crusader influence; actually the costume originated cen turies earlier. This Palestinian beauty models a shatweh, or hat, faced with Red Sea coral. Its 78 Turkish gold coins, the bride's dowry, serve as the family's bank account in times of need. Spanish coins on the heirloom silver necklace show dates from 1717 to 1724. John Scotield. National Geographic Staff 842 som themselves after his capture of Jerusalem in October of 1187. The wealthier families had been allowed to pass out with their possessions after paying at the gate the ransom coins demanded by Saladin. Several thousand Christians were left who could not pay. Saladin's brother (whose son was later knighted by Richard) came to the Saracen conqueror and requested that 1,000 of those left be given him as slaves. "What will you do with them?" Saladin asked. "I will do what I think best for them." The 1,000 captives were bestowed on Malik al Adil, the brother; he took them out and set them free. Seeing that happen, the Christian Patriarch begged the victorious Saracen to deliver forth the poor who remained. Saladin gave 700 to him, and then 500 to Balian, the Holy City's military commander. When these were gone, Saladin said, "Now would I make my alms also."