Artas

View of the Convent of the Enclosed Garden in Artas from Afar

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


On an Artas hike or ramble you may see the Convent of the Enclosed Garden from afar set off by the greenery of the Artas Valley. Original Content Creator: Fadi Sanad

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The Hungry Bedouin

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Once a fellah and a Bedouin met together. Good food was spread for them at a low table. The Bedouin asked: "What do you bring for the bride, oh fellah?" The fellah said: "We bring all the clothes that are needed, the bridal dress, the black head veil, the red woolen belt, the velvet jacket with golden thread work, the silver bracelets and the silver chin chain, and European shoes." While the (...)

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You Gain When You Give

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

There was a man, who was told by a Bedouin fortune teller: "When you are forty years old, you will die, a serpent will kill you." So when the forty years were nearly passed he thought: "If I make a great feast for rich and poor, perhaps I will stay alive. He gathered people together and made a big feast for them. He slew five sheep and five camels and prepared rice and ground wheat to supply (...)

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Palestinian women and food preparation

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

With modern equipments entering the Palestinian kitchen, the preparation of food has become easier and less time consuming. But do women therefore spend less time in the kitchen?

Hanan, from Artas: "On the contrary. In the past the mother had to work in the fields. She fed the cattle and besides she took care of the children. Life has become much more comfortable for the woman. She has(...)

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The Well in Artas

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

The village Artas near Bethlehem is famous for its well. The Prophet Al-Khader or St. George used to drink from the water of this well since it was holy. Nowadays women and children still fill their bottles and jars with fresh water from the well.

The water of the well fulfils various needs. The villagers often face a water shortage, especially during the Summer when there is sometimes(...)

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The Meaning of Bread in Palestine

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

It is usage in Palestine to serve bread with almost every dish. The women used to make it in the oven which they shared with others in the neighbourhood or village, the tabun. Most of the wheat came on a camel's back from Beersheba, 90 kilometer away from Bethlehem, to the town's Saturday market. People used to buy a supply enough for one year. They kept it in stores next to their houses to p(...)

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Song from Artas

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

"I love pears and I eat pears

And the girls of Artas are sweet, my Mother

I love pomegranates and I eat pomegranates

And the girls of Silwan are sweet, my Mother."

From: “Sahteen: Discover the Palestinian Culture by Eating”, published by the Freres School, Bethlehem, part of the Culture and Palestine series issued by the Arab Educational Institute-Open Windows, Bet(...)

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Braided Girl Singing and Dancing at Leilit il Henna in Artas

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 23.01.2006:


The bride may no longer be mounted on a camel or carry her wedding chest to her new home, but traces of the old ways continue, as in Leilit il Henna. The social customs and considerations involved in selecting a marriage partner, as well as the customs attendant at the wedding were vividly described by Hilma(...)

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Woman and Child with Jarousha

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 23.01.2006:


This woman is posing in the Artas Folklore Center Museum with the Jarousha, formerly used to grind grain. She was a child when Louisa Baldensperger, daughter of French missionaries, known in the village as Sitt Louisa, and Hilma Granqvist, a Finnish anthropologist lived in Artas.

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