Local traditions and culture in Petra

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    Petra Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Written Aug 22, 2013

    this will be my pictures of the Petra Shot Glasses.

    I love collecting fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels and being in the new 7 wonders of the world and a Unesco World Heritage Site in Petra is no different. there are many souvenir shops lining the wadi musa area at the entrance to petra and along the ticket booth and before the entrance to the Siq and around the Petra complex that sells assorted souvenir items of Petra like the fridge magnets (you can buy them at JD 3 to 8, depending on your haggling skills) and shot glasses (from JD 3 to 10, again depending on your haggling skills) and other assorted stuffs like post cards, key chains, glasses, petra books, paper weights and a lot more.

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    Petra Fridge Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Aug 22, 2013

    this will be my pictures of the Petra Fridge Magnets.

    I love collecting fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels and being in the new 7 wonders of the world and a Unesco World Heritage Site in Petra is no different. there are many souvenir shops lining the wadi musa area at the entrance to petra and along the ticket booth and before the entrance to the Siq and around the Petra complex that sells assorted souvenir items of Petra like the fridge magnets (you can buy them at JD 3 to 8, depending on your haggling skills) and shot glasses (from JD 3 to 10, again depending on your haggling skills) and other assorted stuffs like post cards, key chains, glasses, petra books, paper weights and a lot more.

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    Sweets, Barbers etc

    by PierreZA Written May 24, 2009

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    Like all other towns in Jordan, Wadi Musa (Petra) has many barber shops, and a very good sweet shop.
    The sweet shop is not far from the central round-about in Wadi Musa.
    There are plenty barber shops all over town.

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    THE CAMEL - PART 2

    by DAO Written Jul 4, 2008

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    OK. Let’s stay focused here people. Now for part 2 about the most useful, yet despicably foul animals in the world. For those keeping up, we are still on the Arabian Camel with 1 hump. That hump is were these guys store their food so to speak. They can live off their stored fat for week! When they do start to run out their hump droops to the side. I have never seen this, but I have also never been with nomads in the desert for weeks either.

    So Mr. Camels can lose 40% of his body weight then just suck up 32 gallons (145 litres) of water to re-hydrate. Wow.

    Then he has an inner eyelid, in addition to his outer, which protects the eyes from sandstorms while still letting in enough light to see where they are going. They have huge eyelashes on their outer eyelids to keep out sand and can even close their nostrils completely for the same purpose. The last bit? they have broad feet so they do not sink into the sand!

    A few stats:
    * Life span of about 50 years
    * Gestation is 12 to 14 months
    * Offspring are usually 1 at a time. 2 sometimes

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    THE CAMEL - PART 1

    by DAO Written Jul 1, 2008

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    Camels are know as the ‘Ships of the Desert’ and rightfully so. They can easily survive where other animals cannot. They are amazing strong, versatile, useful, but inherently vile and evil beasts. Just remember that they are foul tempered and will happily bite you and/or spit in your face. Just keep to the sides or rear and you will be fine. There are 2 kinds of camel – the Dromedary Camel (also known as the Arabian Camel) with 1 hump and the Bactrian Camel (or Asian Camel) with 2 humps. 90% of the world’s camels are Dromedaries and these are the ones you will find all over the Middle East.

    How useful are they? They can carry 200 pounds (90 kilograms) of weight, walk 20 miles (32 kilometres) a day in the desert and go without water for over a week and without food for months! Their coats can be used for wool; you can drink their milk, eat the meat (tough!), make leather from their skin and burn their droppings for fuel. Very versatile indeed!

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    Jordan's Desert Patrol

    by FruitLover Updated Dec 9, 2006

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    Jordan's Desert Patrolmen wear attractive, colourful uniform. It consists of a long dish-dash held by a bright red bandolier, a holster with a dagger around the waist and a rifle.

    On their heads they wear the traditional red & white Kouffieh, worn by the Bedouins of Jordan.

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    Tombs or Homes?

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 24, 2005

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    The ancient Nabataean tombs are carved all over themountains around Petra. Many Bedouin still make their home in these places. Many Bedouin were moved in the mid-1980's to a new village in the north but even some of these people make their real home Petra.

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    To spin the wool

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 14, 2005

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    When you visit Al-Beidha, befere the entrance to the archeological site, there is a becuin village. There you can see beduins working. If you are lucky you can also see women to spin the camel wool. Fantastic experience!!!

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    A stone as a gift

    by diageva Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    Some of the children we find at Petra gave us stones as gift, is a way to get near you.

    These two girls told as, as the rest, that it was not a good time for Petra because there where very few tourist.

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    smoking narguile

    by zumodemango Written Sep 23, 2004

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    Imaging the situation: up in the monastery, waching the landscape, idilic situation but no cigarretes! luckily there was a "shop" with jewery(fantastic , by the way) and he told me that he just gave up smoking one month ago! ahhhhhh but he has this pipe(in the picture) so in less thasn 10 minutes we were in the tent smoking and enjoing a nice conversation! this is Jordan hospitality!!!

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    Mobil and Internet

    by diageva Written Jul 19, 2004

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    Yes, mobiles are also here, between all this history rock, with people that lives like birds from one place to another ... they have mobiles, and also ... if you ask them, you will discovered that they also, nearly everyone, have internet email... greattttt!!!!!!!
    I think that one of the most incredible things that this last years have gave us are mobiles and internet ... they have really change ours lives... so send them the pics you have made them and go on speaking with them ... if you want :))))

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    Desert Police

    by diageva Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    I think this was a special police man, I think he was one of those that guard Petra. They are dress very elegant and as all the rest of citizens, they are very amiable. I think the must control that no one stays inside Petra after close time... I am not sure ... but well ... is nice to see them over there with their nice skirts and uniform

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    Children Working

    by diageva Written Jul 19, 2004

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    It seems as if children are the more important members of the family to sell in these little souvenirs shops of Petra. They try to sell you with great professionalism all its merchandise while elder ones look how they do it. They are really good. When we went was school vacation time, so there where lots of beautiful Bedouins children.

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    Cover head

    by diageva Written Jul 18, 2004

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    Covered heads, for men a woman is more a need than a local custom. You have to protect you head from sun, sand and wind. What is a tradition is the kind of scarf they use, the traditional Arabic scarf for the men, the fekkieh, that in Jordan is red and white

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    Painting eyes

    by diageva Written Jul 18, 2004

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    Bedouins have in my opinion the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. Honey eyes that they use to paint in black around. From children to old people no matter if they where male or female, I saw those gorgeous eyes painted. Also in every shop near the silver jewel, or bone boxes you will find the pencils for paint your eyes.
    When I founded my "Favorita" the second time, she had painted her eyes, perhaps for my pics.
    I don't know if it was a traditional way of protecting eyes from the sun or insects ... the true is that they look more handsome, if it is possible, with painted eyes

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