Tag Archives: Nile

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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Natural Environment of Egypt & Dr. Mohammed Kassas

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Yesterday it came to my attention that Dr. M. Kassas passed away in March, aged 91.  One of the most extraordinary scientific luminaries in Egypt, his botanical work over many decades cut a broad and fertile swath in areas of … Continue reading

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Cultural Collapse in Egypt

A while back, on Radio Germany [short wave], a program was aired on changes in women’s dress in Egypt over the past several decades – towards both western dress and veiling.  Although Egypt is a small country and one that … 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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Posted in Africa-General, Agriculture, Burundi, Cuisine, Egypt-Ancient, Egypt-Recent, Environment, History-General, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, Livestock, Middle East, Wild boar | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Suckling Pigs and Divine Nobles in Ancient Egypt

[First posted August 2009,  Revised 08 December 2011] The topic of pigs in Ancient Egypt has had a history based, in early years, perhaps more on pigs in Egypt today rather than the raising of pigs based on textual and pictorial … Continue reading

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Posted in Cuisine, Egypt-Ancient, Food, History, History of pigs, Livestock, Middle East, Nile Valley, pharaoh Akhnaton, Wild boar, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Cuisines and Crops of Africa – The Lotus Eaters of Central Africa

Lotus plants of the species  Nymphaea lotus L. were an important ingredient in African traditional cuisine.   Found throughout tropical Africa and in the Nile Valley, their collection and processing for the table is reported by various colonial writers. The frustration, though, … Continue reading

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A Colonial Elephant Hunt in Central Africa – Sir Samuel Baker

[First posted August.. 2009,  Revised 08 November 2011] In 1862 Sir Samuel Baker and his Hungarian wife Lady Florence, set off to discover the source of the Nile. Theirs is one of the more bazaar and fascinating pages of colonial … Continue reading

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