National Geographic : 1964 Dec
Racing horsemen escort Hussein's car over the sands; AS THE KING approaches Jilul, in the Beni Sakhr country of central Jordan, four thousand guests wait to greet him. Two white camels were sacrificed in his honor and flocks of sheep slaughtered for a mansaf,a des ert banquet. Here the author learned to eat mutton, rice, and pine nuts, basted with yoghurt and butter, by rolling the mixture into a ball and popping it into his mouth. "Joy shots" of mounted riflemen accompany the King to his pavilion, where he read petitions, heard griev ances, and meted out justice. Desert policeman, in uniform based on Bedouin dress, stands guard be hind the camp's goat-hair tents. He and his comrades watch the waste lands from fortlike posts linked by radio. Travelers in remote country check in at Desert Police posts; if overdue, they are sought by patrols in Land-Rovers or on camelback.