Luxor Local Customs

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    Men Kissing men

    by Saladinos Written Mar 14, 2005

    A man kissing another man on the cheeks in the street is common cause this is the way Egyptian men greet each others.

    The strange thing is a man kissing a lady hi or goodbye. Some of my foreign friends asked me weather i am a gay and i was completly surprised cause i am not, they told me why do you keep kissing your men friends.

    Dont fall into this trap.

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    Gays and lesbians: Hello

    by Saladinos Written Mar 14, 2005

    Again. I have to say that if u r in rome then do as the romans do.

    Egyptians are not comfortable with the idea of men having sex with men neither women with women.

    If u r so, then try to keep your affections till u r in your rooms otherwise you will be hasseled and loose respect big time.

    This is not to say that there are no gays around; but they know this very well and are doing their best to hide it cause it is a shame here.

    Sorry but thats how life is.

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    Whirling Dervish

    by sue_stone Written Feb 7, 2005

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    is he dizzy yet ??!!

    A Whirling Dervish is a unique dance - a "religious ceremony transcending into performing art".

    It is a dance performed by an order of the Islamic faith, and it involves the dancer whirling around and around continuously for minutes.

    The dancer starts off slowly turning and gets faster as the music picks up pace. They spin and spin, lifting parts of their costumes up as they go.

    It goes on for so long that you start to feel dizzy just watching - you wait with baited breath for them to fall over.....but they don't...they keep spinning and whirling.

    Amazing!

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    Shisha Anyone!?

    by sue_stone Updated Feb 7, 2005

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    smokin'

    A very popular custom in Egypt is smoking a shisha.

    A shisha is a small packet containing a rolled tobacco leaf, a small amount of molasses, and some apple flavour.

    This is put in a type of 'water pipe' under a burning charcoal. You then inhale and the smoke passes through the water, cooling it.
    The cooled smoke picks up the flavours of the shisha.

    There are shisha parlors all over the place where people (mainly men) get together with friends for a quiet smoke and a turkish coffee.

    I didn't try it, but wish I had.

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    Tipping

    by clairegeordio Written Dec 18, 2004

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    Generally in restaurants, you tip 10% if service is not included and just give change if it is included.
    We gave a tip for most services eg. Drinks brought to us round the pool (1 or 2 LE), service to our room (10LE at end of stay), having a taxi for whole day (10-15LE). It can get ridiculous sometimes what the young Egyptian children can demand a tip for, eg holding your elbow as you board a boat - no I don’t think so! I did not even ask for that service!

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    Don't be alarmed!

    by Rachelynn Written Nov 22, 2004

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    Egyptian people are great at craft-work and work wonders with their hands!

    Kudos to the egyptian chamber-guys who are working at the Ms Royale Cruise Ship! They made wonderful scorpions, swans and i understand from my fellow tour-mates that they made cute penguins and snakes, out of towels!

    So when you opened your hotel room or cruise room door, don't be alarmed to see these soft creatures on your bed.

    =)

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    Man at the wheel

    by Shofja Written Jan 29, 2004

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    Man at the wheel

    We met him on ferry when crossin the River Nile. He invited us in the wheel-room. Nice and interesting. What surprissed me – his really white teeth. He could be good image of some toothpaste advertisement :-)

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    Mahmoud - “The boatman of the River Nile” :-)

    by Shofja Written Jan 29, 2004

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    Mahmoud

    Mahmoud was boatman of felucca. We called him “The boatman of the River Nile” :-))And our small group (of 4 people) really like to say thanks to him for felucca ride, fot these 2 magic hours which we spent on his felucca! Trip was really great! And the mint tea – excellent!! Thanks!

    MahmoudAli20032003@yahoo.com
    Home address: Egypt – Luxor west bank – baraat - elezba

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    Water Seller

    by Shofja Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Water Seller

    When we were crossing the mountains over the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut we met this man. He was first one who we met here. And he try to sell water. So, he got name – “Water Seller”. But we had water, so he joined to our guide and came with us till the foot of the mountain. Of course later we met some more sellers, but all of them try to sold some suspicious souvenirs. In reality – they appeared when we were made the biggest part of our way. It was really hard to made them understand, that we doesn’t want these souvenires......

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    Locals

    by Shofja Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Locals

    Our guide’s family. All of them were waiting us before "trip on donkies ". Really nice people! And after trip we were invited to they house. I think, it was the lagest and the best room. It shocked me. A little bit. There were only 4 beds, table, small shelf and some football players posters on the walls... Guide told us about his family, how they are living, what he is doing and so on.

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    Visiting Mosques

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 7, 2004

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    Many Asian and African countries, including Egypt, are predominantly Muslim, so the religious sites you are most likely to encounter, are, predictably, mosques. This is a brief tip of advice, written from the point of view of a non-Muslim, female traveler (yours truly!!!):

    - Do dress modestly, covering arms, legs, shoulders and the like, no frivolous dressing will be allowed. Hire the modest dress if needed;

    - Check whether you are allowed into the mosque at all, since most of them admit you only into the courtyard, and some do not admit non-Muslims at all. However, in several countries you may be able to visit the interiors of many mosques;

    - Respect the boundaries laid and do not attempt to enter further (I saw such a thing once, and it did arouse ill-feeling);

    - If possible try to avoid going even to the courtyard on Friday afternoon, since I remember this is the most important praying time of the week;

    - If you are curious, feel free to ask questions (though not of people hurrying to pray) and most likely you will be answered: Iýve always found people proud of their culture and heritage and ready to explain it;

    - Do not criticize things we in Europe and in the West might (such as separate praying space for men and women), for such are the customs of the land and mosques are the least appropriate places for such topics.

    This advice is based only on common sense, but it allowed me to see something of the mosques and learn loads of interesting info on Muslim countries, their religion, and culture. Really helped me when we had a general education class on religions at University:))

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    Two Kinds of Temples

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 7, 2004

    As far as I could learn, there used to be two kinds of religious temples in the Ancient Egypt: different in some things, and very much alike in others. These were the funerary temples and the cult temples. The titles show the use of each kind plainly enough. The main purpose of the so-called ýcult templesý was to venerate the gods and their son, the pharaoh, while the son was still alive. The funerary temples do the same, but only when the pharaohýs dead and buried often in the temple itself.

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  • Shaking Hands

    by Sneaky Written Dec 6, 2003

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    It is traditonal for the locals to shake all tourists hands, presumably to check the quality of your jewellery. As the local vendors are hygiene phobic, it is wise to tke along some antibacterial hand wipes whenever you leave the hotel otherwise you will spend a fortune on purchasing bottled water to constantly wash your hands. Toilet facilities are not always available especiall at the more remote sites.

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    Enter a temple, walk through a metal detector!

    by morgane1692 Written Mar 2, 2003

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    if you beep, you leave!

    And just think, this was back in the summer of 2000, security can only have been increased since then! Just have your bags open for the men at the gate and leave all your sharp metal objects back at your hotel!

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    Police

    by viddra Updated Jul 17, 2005
    the Valley of the Kings

    The police are everywhere, along the roads, on the bridges, at the sights...Their job's to make the tourists feel safe.

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