By Winifred S. Blackman
Blackman, a family identify between anthropologists and Egyptologists alike, was once one of many first to collect ethnographic info in Egypt within the kind of notes, drawings, photos, cine-film, and ethnographic gadgets on matters starting from mulids and tattooing to start rituals. This publication, first released in 1927, is testomony to the groundbreaking and important learn she conducted. via adventure won whereas residing for lengthy classes within the villages of higher Egypt, Blackman produced this accomplished description of the fellahin in top Egypt because it was once within the early years of the 20th century. topic parts comprise Egyptian villages, and agriculture, ladies and youngsters, customs attached with rites of passage, magic and superstitions, and Muslim sheikhs and Coptic saints. Blackman was once within the strange place as a pupil of getting an curiosity in either Egyptology and anthropology, and this strange twin prestige not just won her recognize in either fields, but additionally, coupled together with her gender, positioned her in a special place in her box of analysis: she was once capable of mix an information of historical and smooth Egypt with the potential of entry to the feminine individuals of the agricultural groups in her study. The Fellahin of higher Egypt is a useful resource for Egyptologists and all ethnoarchaeologists and anthropologists targeting Egypt, and may make interesting analyzing for all people with an curiosity within the tradition and social background of rural Egypt.
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The cries are usually intoned in a minor key, sounding to the uninitiated more like a plaintive chant than the proclamation of goods for sale. Another hawker may trade in coloured cotton cloths, printed with various designs to suit all tastes. He usually conveys his goods about on a small hand-cart. From such humble beginnings more than one fortune has been made, for the peasants are fond of hoarding their money, their daily living costing them but little. In time the small sums thus 29 THE FELLAHIN OF UPPER EGYPT carefully put by amount to a considerable total, which may be profitably invested.
A PLOUGH AS USED TO-DAY 98. THE ARCHIMEDEAN SCREW 99. Two ' BRIDES OF THE CORN,' THE UPPER ONE NEW, THE LOWER SOME YEARS OLD 100. A MUEDDIN RIDING HOME WITH HIS GlFT OF FlRST-FRUITS 101. A SICKLE 102. CARRYING CORN TO THE THRESHING-FLOOR 103. THRESHING WITH THE NORAG 104. CARRYING AWAY THE STRAW 105. HARVESTING-FORK 106. WINNOWING 107. A HARVESTER WITH HIS WAGES IN THE FORM OF A SHEAF OF CORN 108. A FERRY-BOAT 109. THRESHING WITH A STICK no. WOMAN WINNOWING WITH THE HANDS 111. A HAND-MILL 112. A CELEBRATED SHEIKH AND MAGICIAN 113.
Much cannot be expected of them in their present condition of ignorance, and I believe that until the women can be depended on to exercise a purer and higher influence on their society there is not much prospect of the moral tone of the village communities being raised. In later years a woman, especially if she has sons, has an honourable position in the family. A man's love and respect for his mother is a marked characteristic among Egyptians, and even after marriage the mother retains the highest place in her son's love and respect.