Artas

Of Memory and Magic, Missionaries and Museums:more than meets the “eye” in Artas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:

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The magic of Artas begins soon after you leave Hebron Road a couple of kilometers south of Bethlehem. If the wind is just right, you can hear the clatter of hoofs and rumbling of chariots as Solomon comes into the Enclosed Garden to dally with the beloved of his Song of Songs. Cock your ear and you will hear the bark of a Tu(...)

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“The City in the Hill” Artas

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“See that hill over there? There’s a city in it.” That is how one villager described the hill of Khirbet el Khokh, seen here with part of the Artas valley in the foreground. The site is thought to house the remains of Etam, one of fortified cities during the period of the southern kingdom of Judea over 2500 (...)

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Even the Vegetables are Strange in Artas

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When sent out to buy vegetables by his wife, Musa Sanad was just as likely to return home with one of these knives collected from the village and surrounding areas, for the Artas Ethnographic Museum. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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The Cave under the Artas Ethnographic Museum

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Exploring this cave, which dates back at least to Roman times, is one of the things youngsters especially enjoy on their visits to Artas. The cave was cleared of debris and rubble by a team of French volunteers during the renovation by the Artas Folklore Center of the building which now houses the museum. O(...)

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The Renovated Artas Spring

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The Artas Spring just across from the Omar Mosque, built on the spot where Omar bin Khattab prayed, was renovated by the Artas Folklore Center, just one of several renovation projects. There are chambers and niches inside and an opening in the top, which lead some villagers to believe it may have served as a(...)

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Convent of the Enclosed Garden, Artas

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The Convent of the Hortus Conclusus or "Enclosed Garden" was built in 1901 by engineers from the Morcos family in nearby Bethlehem to house an Italian order of nuns from Uruguy. It is thus not only a fitting reminder of the verse from Solomon's song after which it is named, but also that Artas has always bee(...)

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Home of

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The home of Louisa Baldensperger, daughter of French Protestant Missionaries is not exactly a house, but an intriguing complex of rooms off either side of a staircase going up the hill. The Finnish Anthropologist Hilma Granqvist or "Sitt Halimeh" also lived in this home during the British Mandate when she st(...)

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The Work of Jinn at the Second of Solomon’s Pools near Artas

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The work of the jinn, commanded by King Solomon to build the pool, is especially apparent in the second of the Solomon's Pools. For more information read: "Of Memory and Magic, Missionaries and Museums:more than meets the "eye" in Artas." Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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The Burak Fort near Artas

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The next few photos explore the importance of the architectural and archeological traces in the Artas area in the history and folklore of the village.The fort and the Solomon Pools are inextricable from the history of Artas. The villagers were exempt from taxes in Ottoman times in return for guarding t(...)

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Page of Genealogy from the

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This page of genealogy is just one example of what there is to be found in the handwritten book by Musa Sanad--a veritable compendium of almost every aspect of village life from crops to curses. For more information read: Musa Sanad 1949-2005: The Death of a Modern Palestinian Folk Hero." Original Content C(...)

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