Archive for the ‘Sudan’ Category
Posted by mukikamu on August 11, 2008
Posted by mukikamu on November 14, 2007
If you care to read about the wisdom and meekness of the Desert and its Bedu people, Arabian Sands is your Bible. This enchanted and spiritual volume completely satisfied my hunger for the romanticism and mysticism of travel and brought the dreamlike and psyhedelic part of the Arab world directly to my heart. Thesiger is an extraordinary bloke, stubborn in his pursuit of adventure and uncompromising in his extreme rules of assimilation. Living with the nomadic Arab tribes of the Empty Quarter between 1945-50, just before the discovery of oil, he gives a thorough insight to how locals cope with living under desperately harsh circumstances. The key of survival lies in the power of community; alone you are doomed in the waterless sands. Reading this book you will reach to the very root of the fatalism, generosity, poetry, pride, humour, courage, patience and the uncompromising hospitality of Arabic people. The landscape here has dominance over personality and somewhere between the starry skies of snow cold sand and the windy dunes of blinding sun ‘basic truths emerge’. I was completely enchanted.
“For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.”
Posted by mukikamu on November 25, 2006
This slightly square-headed Austrian has done an amazing anthropological work in South Sudan in the beginning of the XXth Century. Gari Gari is full with beautiful pictures and gives amazing insight to the lives of the natives. There are great observations about daily life (like how nomads blow into the back of cows to get them give more milk and how breaking the front teeth of children is a way to enhance their social standing 🙂 ) and all documented with pictures that present a world that looks so exotic that I assumed this is where character designers got the ideas for Star Trek or Star Gate. You may browse some of his pictures here.
Somehow there is abundance of African travel books from this era, but I guess it just shows how popular it was to go to safari at the time. I just wish there would be as much books from other parts of the world (ex. South America) as well. Bernatzik travelled to many places, but this was his only book I found. Albums with his photographs are more easy to find.