Tag Archives: Upper Egypt

Easter Season in Egypt, 1834: ‘Smelling the Breeze’, Making Kishk, Eating Colored Eggs & Salted Fish

Manners and Customs of The Modern Egyptians, by E. Lane, is a two-volume set filled with lore about Egypt during the author’s time (1834). And although it makes for fascinating reading, the book is now largely ‘put down’ by post-colonial theorists … Continue reading

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Amulets and Intermediaries in Egypt and Elsewhere, Pt.1: Confronting the Afrit

A variety of amulets, charms, and other means of warding off pernicious spirits – as well as propituating the help of benevolent spirits and saints – have been common in Islam, Judaïsme, and Christianity throughout the Middle East, North Africa … Continue reading

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More Pig and Pork Stories

[First posted July 2009,  Revised 09 December 2011] Pigs have had a contentious history.  To begin with, they usually reside near the bottom of the livestock prestige pyramid, with cattle, horse and camel occupying the higher niches, sheep, goats and poultry found … Continue reading

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Comfort Foods – in Egypt

Comfort foods in Egypt depend on the region. In urban areas, ful (beans) with ‘aysh balady (country bread) and tourshy (pickles) is a winning sandwich for any time of the day and available in street carts throughout cities. Falafel, fried ful beans with cumin and … Continue reading

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The Day Sadat was Assassinated & What Followed

Reposting with some additions: What may be the demise of Mubarak, with its attendant intrigues, takes me back some 30 years to the assassination of Sadat and arrival on the scene of Mubarak, which I want to talk about here. … Continue reading

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The Mouse becomes Vizier in Ancient Egypt

Tales of mice and cats were popular in ancient Egypt, as the following, which would have been copied by students in their exercises. Cartoons of cats and mice were also popular, and appeared throughout Egyptian history. A couple appear in … Continue reading

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Bread-Baking in Egypt, Then and Now

Preparing sun bread (aysh al-Shams) in Upper (southern) Egypt.  :…Sometimes we look in upon the poor in their huts while they are at meals. They all eat with their fingers, but I must say that generally their table manners will … Continue reading

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