National Geographic : 1964 Jan
Gift of wheat to neighboring Bedouin, a St. Catherine's custom, oc cupies Novice Demetrios. Bedouin work for the monastery but hold apart from the Gebeliyah, or Men of the Mountain, traditional serv ants here, who supposedly came as slaves in Byzantine times. Bedouin girl wears coin in hair. Selema's father is Sa'ad (opposite). Surprised by the photographer, Selema's mother hastily pulls a cloak over her head to hide her face. With a quern, a primitive mill, she grinds wheat into flour.