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Πέμπτη, 17 Μαΐου 2007

THE FLOWER MEN OF SAUDI ARABIA

The “flower men” in the mountains of Asir in saudi Arabia tribes who live off the land and the men and boys wear multicolored clothes, put flowers and herbs in their hair ,and sing and use exotic substances,and have a passion for perfume often bathing in it.The men are brearth-taking beautiful.They are one of Arabia’s great, hidden secrets, and of course are damned by the Wahhabi Muslims as nature worshippers (and therefore infidels).The Saudi government is trying hard to Islamize the "flower men tribes"One example of the force used on them is the village of Habala.Here is what happened to it.
Habala is a small mountain village in the mountains of Asir. It was originally inhabited by the tribal community known as the "flower men" because of their custom of wearing garlands of dried herbs and flowers in their hair. In the past, the village was only accessible by rope ladder, and in fact, the name Habala comes from the Arabic word for rope.
In the 1990s, during a push to promote tourism(???) in the region, a cable car was built to provide access to the traditional village with its stark mountain views. In consequence, however, the local "flower men" were dispossessed of their homes and forced to move into a modern village created for them in the valley below. When they refused to move, they were evacuated forcibly by the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Today, some of the original inhabitants are allowed back up to the village, but only to perform their traditional dances for tourists during the summer months.

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