09 March, 2013

Souq al-Gamaal

The Birqash Camel Market

I was told it used to be held
in down town Cairo,
and I can only imagine how crazy,
 messy and wild it must have been..

This market is held every Friday,
dawn to dusk,
and has been, for ages...

It is not for the sensitive.
It is mainly a meat market,
and hundreds of camels are being sold,
 bargained for, bought or swapped here.

I was told this is the largest market 
of its kind, in the world.

In all respect for traditions,
it is pretty wild and not very organized.
At least seen with the eyes of us "first-timers",
probably not understanding
how difficult it must be to hold these long-legged,
fast moving creatures in line.

Camels and herders are seemingly running 
in all directions.

And the herders come in all ages,
tradition taught from one generation to the next.

Some of these beautiful "ships of the desert" 
are brought in from Libya,
Sudan, Somalia and Aswan.

For some their last trip
is in the back of a truck.

Drawing the connections to the beef,
sheep and chicken industry
in other countries,
I would put this in the same category.

Some humans eat meat,
some also eat camel meat...


Rita Follnes said...

Herlig og jammen befinner du deg i helt andre omgivelser enn her. Jeg er nesten misunnelig på deg at du får oppleve så mye. Egentlig tøyeser jeg nå, men det virker veldig spennende. Fint at du deler litt med oss. Jeg ønsker deg en god helg. Klem ;))

Siddis back home said...

Du har det akkurat som i 1001 natt, du lever midt i eventyret.... ha ei riktig god helg hos dere og kos deg med kamelene!

GAWO said...

Mye spennende å lese her hos deg nå. Fjernt fra våre kuldegrader og lengsel mot vår. Ønsker deg gode dager og en fin påske.

Hamda said...

Takk for at du deler med oss andre! Skikkelig spennende å se.

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