Bedouin Lifestyle in Jordan

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We explored Petra on camels and foot.

We encountered some Bedouins and learned a little more about them.

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Until very recently, many Bedouins lived in these mountains and hills.

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Before visiting Petra, I read the book Married to a Bedouin.

It’s an easy and interesting read shedding some light into their culture.

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Some bedouins are goat herders and

it’s very normal to see goats and sheep crossing major highways.

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It seemed to us most Bedouins who are in Petra

are there as tour guides and to sell their wares.

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Walking through the rocky cliffs to the Treasury at Petra was beautiful!

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There were many Bedouins that lived right near the Treasury

but have since moved away.

The government built them houses in a separate part

away from the tourist side of Petra.

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Leading up to the historical sites,

there is almost always a Bedouin selling touristy treats.

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In the picture above,

to the left is the Bedouin girl selling trinkets.

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She was very nice and we bartered

and bought a couple items from her.

She asked for my piercing and looking back,

I wish I had given it to her.

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Bedouin lifestyle is very humble.

They work to feed the family

but, I haven’t met or heard of a rich Bedouin.

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Now and then you’ll hear of a Bedouin owning a car, but from what I gather,

if someone in the Bedouin community has a car, they share it with everyone.

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While the traditional Bedouins don’t have TVs or fancy watches, they create out of nothing.

They use what is available to them.

They open their homes to family and friends anytime.

They make delicious food.

They know how to endure and live in an arid climate.

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Here is a picture of our guide for Wadi Rum.

His attire is very traditional for Bedouins and seems genius to me!

If he needs to use his legs and stretch more,

then he takes the bottom portion of the robe

and twists it around his waist.

His legs are in thin white pants that make climbing easy!

It seems to keep him cool and comfortable!

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Our tour jeep in Wadi Rum

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The “patio” outside the food tent.


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Sunset and our Bedouin guides

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While this is granted, not an authentic Bedouin camp,

the food was dug from the coal-filled pit.

The after dinner music was filled

with traditional Bedouin instruments and live music.

There was dancing and talking.

There was stargazing and hookah smoking.

We had a great day and evening with the Bedouins.

This was our experience of the Bedouin community.

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