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Palestine Folk Heritage

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 15.12.2006:

Roots and Characteristics

While most people search for their roots for social and academic reasons, the Palestinians search for their roots in order to emphasize their culture identity; the obliteration of which has been the objective of many evil forces, including Zionism

And Imperialism. These forces try, not only to deny, but to wipe out Palestinians from existence. The Palestinians ‘search for their identity is not an escape into the past to avoid facing the frustrating present and the gloomy future , it is an insistence upon steadfastness and an emphasis upon originality ;it is also an exposure of the evil practices which aim to throw the Palestinians and their rights into oblivion . The Palestinian roots are Arab in general, and Arab-Canaanite in particular, and this matter is taken for granted by Palestinian Arab.

History of the Canaanites

Historians agree that the Arab Peninsula is the cradle of the Semitic people of whom the Arabs, and that they lived in the Arab Peninsula before they emigrate to the land of Canaan (which is Palestine as it came to be called later) and settled in it, and gave it its first Arab identity which remained its trademark from that time till now, and which will, hopefully, be restored sooner or later.

The Canaanites emigrate from the Arab Peninsula in the ancient past and came to Syria and spread all over it, and gave it homogeneity of population, in addition to the homogeneity of its natural environment, whose features are still clear to this moment.

The word Canaan may have meant the purple land, Which is the name of Palestine in the Old Testament and in Egyptian and Sumerian writing s. it seems that the original geographical denotation of the word Canaan was limited to the coastal line which falls to the north of Acre, and that the name was attributed to the purple ye which was the chief commodity of that region, obtained from the murex, the sea calms abundant in the waters of the coast.

The Greeks translated the word Canaan – the purple dye – into their language so it become Phoenicia derived from the Greek word “Phonix” which means purple. In any case it seems that this name was used, from ancient times, to denote a large geographical area.

Source: “Folk Heritage of Palestine” for Sharif Kanaana.

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