By Dahris Martin
Dahris Martin, a tender American looking for sunlight, arrived within the holy urban of Kairouan within the past due Nineteen Twenties. Befriended by way of the roguish Kalifa, she is welcomed into his circle of family and friends. one of the trustworthy is a different portrait of conventional Tunisian society. It tells of barefoot pilgrims and bedouin, the deflowering of virgin brides, spirit ownership and dances held for djinn. It sings the praises of the unsung: Eltifa the blind musician, Zinibe (who had a center for all of the global) and the entrancing, dancing Aisha. Dahris Martin witnessed family existence in Tunisia from inside, a privilege she stocks with no pretension, with affection and with a certain lightness of contact.
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They entered into barter transactions with people from neighboring villages as a means of increasing their prestige and their wealth by accumulating large numbers of livestock, especially cattle. The sum of such exchanges constituted the long-distance networks that moved goods from areas where they were plentiful to areas where they were in short supply. In southeastern Africa natural hazards were less severe than in the tropics. Except for the lowveld in the northeast, the region was free of anopheles mosquitoes and, thus, of malaria.
A drought might affect a very smal] area or last no more than a single year; but sometimes-perhaps at least once in a human generation-devastating droughts hit entire subregions and persist for as long as a decade. , but since then there do not seem to have been any distinctive climatic changes. Most of the region is a plateau, ringed by an escarpment that runs parallel to the coast about a hundred miles inland and reaches its greatest height, more than ten thousand feet above sea level, in the Drakensberg range between Natal and Lesotho.
When Europeans arrived in Southern Africa, they found that the pastoralists were not as adept in music and rock painting and engraving as the hunter-gatherers. According to Elphick's reconstruction, the herding way of life spread by migratory drift and cultural transmission from the nuclear area in northern Botswana, where the first Southern African aborigines probably obtained livestock from herders further north. The initial direction of the expansive process would have been southward to the middle reaches of the Orange River.
Among the Faithful by Dahris Martin