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Who are the Bedouins Egypt cultural group

In our previous post, we talked about the four main cultural Egypt cultural groups. Like we said, these four cultural groups are very unique in their own ways of life but, the interesting aspect with these distinctive four groups is the perfect integration they have.

In this post of ajonafrica.com we are discussing the Bedouins Egypt cultural group.

The population of Bedouins Egypt cultural group:

Bedouin populations in Southern Sinai (descendants of tribesmen who settled here some 800 years ago) are broken down into 8 tribes. About 7,000 people live around St Catherine’s. While the largest number belong to the Jabaliya tribe, others are from the Muzeina, Gharaja, Sawalha, Aligheit, Awlad Said and Beni Hassan. All are Arabs — that is, coming originally from the Saudi Peninsula — apart from the Jabaliya, who were brought to Sinai from the vicinity of Macedonia in the 6th century to provide security and service to the monks at the new monastery.

Tradition of Bedouins Egypt cultural group:

The Bedouins Egypt cultural group has an interesting original tradition among the other three cultural groups of Egypt. With the Bedouins Egypt cultural group, they see their everyone who share their tribal bloodline as a family member. In so doing, they pay deep allegiance to their tribe-in effect they show concern in the extended family system.

Because of their traditional family system, where every tribe member is seen as a family, they try to assist anybody belonging to the Bedouins Egypt cultural group. In fact, most they spend most of their time to help each other. For hospitality reasons, a Bedouin woman will spent her time to cook for guests who walk who troop in and out all the day. To the Bedouins, it is just natural for them to be able to eat.

Dress of Bedouins Egypt cultural group 

In cultural display, dressing speaks a lot and it is no wonder the Bedouins Egypt cultural group pay much attention on it.

 Bedouins women dress style

A Bedouin woman’s dress is a sign of her social standing, her hairstyle of her age or marital status. Every unmarried Bedouin girl, for instance, sports a lock across her forehead, but this is substituted by a plait in an elderly woman. Married women of the Jabaliya tribe wear a black shawl ( Al-ghurna ), unmarried girls a white one , ( Al-malfah ). A married woman wears a long face veil ( Al-burgah ), a bride a short one until she has had her first child. In North Sinai women wear an open veil, a beaded breastplate ( Al-mallab ), and metal accessories given by her husband in the first months of her married life.

Styles of dress women wear at different stages of their life are varying from bright colors to a dark one. When seven years old, a child wears a printed colorful dress and no head covering. Then at 12, she begins to wear a second dress, black and sleeveless, on top of the first. In the past, a girl of 12 wore a athma, a small face covering without decoration, now they wear a tarha which can be worn in different ways to cover the head and mouth, usually decorated at the edge with brightly colored beads.

In these articles, you can also read about The Nubians cultural group of Egypt and also the Fellahin cultural group of Egypt. More information are provided in the articles for you to know about them their ways of lives.

Bedouins men dress style

Galabiya, a long, hooded robe and ‘oqal (headrope) is a typical dress for Bedouin men. The most easily recognized aspect of a Bedouin’s attire is his headgear which consists of kufiyya -cloth and ‘agal -rope that constitute proper attire for a Bedouin man. The head rope in particular carries great significance, as it is indicative of the wearer’s ability to uphold the obligations and responsibilities of manhood.

Modern day Bedouins Egypt cultural group:

The Bedouin have changed over the last century, and how the term Bedouin has evolved from a lifestyle to being an identity. Although the word Bedouin still evokes a tent-dwelling community forgotten by time in an inhospitable stretch of desert the reality is often quite different.