National Geographic : 1952 Dec
833 George I'lckow, Three Lions Jordan's Waters Run Clear and Swift on Leaving the Sea of Galilee River Jordan winds and twists for 200 miles to cover the 65 miles between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Lions once roamed the junglelike growth fringing its banks. Tradition says that Christ's baptism by John the Baptist occurred at Makhadat Hajla, a ford near Jericho. Thousands of pilgrims have gone to that spot to be baptized, to dip shrouds for their own burials, and to bottle Jordan water for christenings. Milk Grotto where, according to tradition, a few drops from Mary's breast fell to the chalky floor. At the time of my first visit to Bethle hem, in 1912, thousands of Russian pilgrims plodded the dusty highways. Hundreds of these women from far away bought small tablets of chalky powder, supposedly from the grotto. Young mothers thought that by tak ing them they would assure their infants ample milk. Nowadays, less credulous visitors buy a few tablets as souvenirs. A more tangible contribution to health is the Arab National Hospital, where three grad uates of the American University of Beirut carry on healing in the tradition of Christ. Dr. Munir Musa, health director for western Jordan, studied medicine in Texas. Many Make Pilgrimage to Nazareth Like Bethlehem in Jordan, Nazareth in Is rael attracts many Christian pilgrims. The city of Jesus' boyhood is now largely a Chris tian Arab city, patrolled by Christian police (page 836).