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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 fellah told all these things, the Bedouin ate the best of the food.

“And you, what do you bring for the bride?” “A face veil, a dress and a cloak.” The fellah looked at the table. All of the best food was gone. The Bedouin laughed at the fellah’s beard, he made a fool of him.

From: “Arab Folklore Stories from Artas” by Grace Crowfoot and Louise Baldensperger. Republished by Birzeit University 1987, edited by Abdellatif Barghouthy

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