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Social Life: Artas (2)
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submitted by AEI-Open Windows Outreach Program on 27.08.2009
Copyright (2009) AEI-Open Windows Outreach Program

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The Solomon Pools to the west of Artas and the south of Bethlehem. Even though the Pools are likely been built during the Roman period (King Herod) and later the Turkish times, they are associated with legends around the figure of King Solomon or Suleiman, who is said here to have his many women bathing. In Islamic traditions it is said that the jinn (genie) built the Poools on the order of King Suleiman.

The Pools have been used for centuries to collect water to be brought further by aquaduct to Jerusalem.

For more information about the Suleiman or Solomon Pools, please consult the website of the Artas Folklore Center under "Our partners" on this Palestine-Family.net website. There you can also read many other articles about any type of Palestinian folklore - Artas being the most researched Palestinian village!

The Artas Folklore Center, a partner of AEI-Open Windows, is always willing to host visitors.

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