Ahmad alBedoul's horse race near Showbak Jordan
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Hi everyone, I thought some people might be interested in one of the videos I shot while I was in Jordan. This is a video of a horse race I went to near the town of Showbak in Jordan when I was living in Petra with the Bedoul Bedouin. Ahmad, the guy who is on the chestnut thoroughbred mare and wins the race, is one of the Bedoul Bedouin of Petra, who I was in Jordan to do research on. His mare was reputed to be one of the fastest short distance horses being raced in Jordan (at least by armatures). He attended the race and when he showed up everyone else pulled out, such was the reputation of the horse; his friend, from a different Bedouin tribe, agreed to run his horse against him if Ahmad agreed to give him about a 200 meter head start. As you can see by the video the head start meant little. The overall length of the course was about 1 kilometre of desert.
Hope it works, not sure how to insert a YT video.
OK, that didn’t work. Here’s the link to the video anyway for anyone interested in watching it.
How neat! That is one fast little mare o.o
Quick little mare!
Now do tell about some of the research you were doing on the tribe?
She isn’t little, she would be around 17 hands. But yeah, fast aright.
The Bedouin I was doing research on are the Bedoul Bedouin who, until 1984, lived in Petra, an ancient ruined city built by a civilisation called the Nabataeans. For between 3 to 6 hundred years the Bedoul had lived in the ruins of the city and made the most of life with a combination of transhumant goat pastoralism, barley and fruit farming, and firewood selling. After 1984 they were moved out of Petra into a UNESCO, USAID and World Bank funded village called Umm Sayhoun. Though provided a rudimentary village to replace their homes in Petra they were not provided with any economic development programme. Their non-tourism related economy was severely circumscribed and they were forced to rely increasingly on tourism to make ends meet. My research is all about how they go about it, and how it relates to their culture/social structures and identity.
When I said little, I didn't really mean size. I still call my 7 y.o. maiden mare a filly too.
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