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Bedouin Tradition

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There have been many studies of Bedouin life, and their history and customs are extensive. Below you will find a few examples of Bedouin traditions that you might find informative before you visit Jordan.

Bedouin Judgement :  If two people or two groups are in logger-heads, they can go to a Bedouin Judge who can absolutely sentence the criminal. 

Camel Racing : In the areas where there are many Bedouin tribes, they organize a camel race monthly or annually. The owner of the camel that wins the race is recognized as a very important person among the people he lives with. 

Bedouin Wedding : A wedding is organized after the groom asks for the hand of a beautiful bride. She is carried on a camel covered by a special cottage built on the camel’s back. Mensaf (traditional Bedouin meal) is offered to celebrate the festival. 

Following Footprints : The Bedouin can follow footprints and determine when someone has passed by and whether the footprints are due to a man or woman and even if the woman is pregnant. 

Bedouin Fashion : Women can wear a black garment decorated beautifully on the chest while the head and face are protected with a special cover called the Bourque. The Bedouin ladies are very proud to wear expensive jewels especially the Ottoman necklace. Men usually wear long garments, mostly white with a red headdress and a black headband called a Kaffia. 

Bedouin Hospitality (Coffee): 

The Bedouin person is well known for his hospitality, so when the guest comes there are three expressions for pouring coffee: 

One. El-Heif: The first cup to be poured and tasted by the Bedouin person to let the guest feel safe .

Two. El-Keif: The second cup of coffee to be poured and tasted by the guest himself. 

Three. El-Dheif (cup of the guest): The third cup of coffee to be poured. It is drunk by the guest. 

Bedouin Food : The Bedouin are very skillful in making special foods for themselves and their guests. Mensaf, the most well known meal consists of rice covered with meat (beef or lamb) which is cooked with yogurt. Pine nuts are tasteful when added 

Directions : The Bedouin are very intelligent, using stars and planets at night and following the footprints of man and animal during the day to determine exactly where they are headed. 

The Mourning Dinner : When someone dies, his family invited all relatives and friends to dinner, which is usually “Mensaf”. 

Sheik’s Stamp : The Sheik is the leader of the tribe. Instead of signing an agreement, he has a stamp on which his name is written to give his approval. Child Aqiqa (Mourouq): This Arabic expression means that when a child is born, a lamb or goat is sacrificed. Then the meat is given to neighbors and poor people in the area. 

Bedouin Revenge : The Bedouin person defends the dignity of his family and tribe by taking revenge (killing) the offending party. 

Love : The Bedouin love a love story and all must have a happy ending. 

Ramadan : Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims. The Bedouin very much enjoy this period of fasting, and the evening meal that they share with relatives is followed by many sweets.

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