Hamah Local Customs

  • Public Toilet in Azem Palace
    Public Toilet in Azem Palace
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  • Local Customs
    by Robin020
  • the bedouin people i met
    the bedouin people i met
    by call_me_rhia

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    bedouin life

    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 11, 2003

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    the bedouin people i met

    Forget romanticism: bedouin life is changing in Syria, too. People are becoming less of a nomad and they are getting used to live in houses more. I have had the pleasure to be invited by some friendly bedouin women for chai near Qasr Ibn Wardan - and even if i did not stay for too long it's obvious that there are starting to be some problems among bedouin people. Abandoning their nomadic lifestyle and becoming more "sedentary" has meant that many have now access to some degrees of formal education. However, a problem I came across by speaking to one of the girls, is that the new generation has made this life-style their own, and see future in education. Her parents, however, have never quite settled down in this "new" reality and try to bring forth their traditional way of living... which for a woman means to get married and help her husband or family in farming - at the expense of education. She was really sad by this family imposition to give up going to school to be useful to the family - and so seemed to be her sisters. She also had worried about the future laying ahead for her baby daughter, a worry I can easily share. I guess that, as Syria moves ahead, only time will tell how life for these welcoming people will be. I surely wish them - women especially - more opportunities in life, more alternatives.

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    Toilet in Azem Palace

    by atufft Written Mar 29, 2006

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    Public Toilet in Azem Palace

    We found what appeared to be one of the world's oldest toilets still in use. The Azem Palace has a toilet, for use by both men and women oddly enough, over which one squats. There is a place for each foot, and one squats rather than sits. Having learned about this type of toilet elsewhere, I have since tended to squat, rather than sit over virtually any toilet for fear of making contact between my body and whatever may be on the porcelin receptical. In any case, a hose was nearby to rinse down the entire unit and make everything flow into the ceramic piping below.

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    unique columns

    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 11, 2003

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    the twisted columns

    Afamia... among the more normal colums of the cardo, the ones everyone's got used to seeing.. there are some truly peculiar and unique ones. They date back to the 2nd centura and have "unusual carved designs and (...) twisted fluting" - now this description is not my own, but I could not come up with a good one to describe them. Why are they like this? A local VTer, interested in archaeology, explained that the twistings wanted to recall the image of palm trees, from which I would guess that - in the past - would have been found in the area.

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    Some Syrian Mezze (starters ) or for breakfast

    by Robin020 Written Nov 14, 2011

    MAGDOUS

    Ingredients
    Eggplants
    Sweet red pepper paste
    Crushed walnuts
    Olive oil
    Salt
    Sliced garlic (optional)

    The stuffing
    Mix together the sweet red pepper paste with the crushed walnuts and the garlic.

    MOUHAMMARA

    Ingredients
    100 gr. bread crumbs
    50 gr. sweet red pepper paste
    10 gr. crushed dried hot red pepper
    20 gr. cumin
    40 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup
    100 ml. olive oil
    100 gr. crushed walnut
    150 ml. water
    20 ml. lemon juice
    15 gr. sugar
    Salt

    VEGETABLES OMELET (EJJEH)

    Ingredients
    1 bunch of parsley
    7 eggs
    1 teaspoon of flour
    1 onion
    2 cloves of garlic
    1 teaspoon of dried mint
    1 teaspoon of dried sweet red pepper
    1 pinch of cinnamon
    200 ml. olive oil
    Vegetable oil

    EGGPLANT FATTOUCHE

    Ingredients
    1 kg. eggplant
    2 tomatoes
    1 onion
    1 bunch of parsley
    Lemon juice
    Olive oil
    Vegetable oil
    Arabic bread
    Salt

    MOUTABBAL

    Ingredients
    500 gr. eggplant
    1 green pepper
    1/2 bunch of chopped parsley
    4 branches of green mint
    150 gr. sesame oil
    1/2 glass of lemon juice
    25 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup
    30 ml. olive oil
    1 tomato
    1 clove of garlic if desired
    some grains of pomegranate
    Salt

    BABA GHANOUGE

    Ingredients
    1 kg. eggplant (about 5 big pieces)
    Olive oil
    Garlic (optional)
    Lemon juice
    Concentrated pomegranate syrup
    Chopped parsley
    Pomegranate grains
    Salt
    OLIVE SALAD

    Ingredients
    250 gr. green olives
    60 gr. concentrated pomegranate syrup
    40 ml. olive oil
    2 green onions
    1 peeled tomato
    1/2 bunch of parsley
    Grains of one pomegranate for decoration
    Salt
    Branch of thyme for decoration

    FATTOUCHE

    Ingredients
    500 gr. tomato
    500 gr. cucumber
    100 gr. onion
    75 gr. green mint
    75 gr. purslane
    1 bunch of parsley
    1 lettuce
    2 cloves of garlic
    50 gr. of black olives
    1 lemon juice
    3 teaspoons of vinegar
    1 teaspoon of sumac
    125 ml. olive oil
    Vegetable oil
    Bread cut into triangles as desired
    Salt

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