Thursday, November 05, 2009

Awaiting their turn

These birds, a hur or hawk, above and a shahin or falcon, below, stand by while potential buyers examine another hur in the background.
Incidentally, the man holding the bird in the background is a member of the Mutawa, which is the religious police. You can tell this because of the shortness of his thobe, which is the robe he's wearing, and the absence of an iqal, which is the black coil worn on the heads of other men of Arabian Gulf countries.
My personal esperience with mutawaeen has been limited, but they have a reputation for shouting and brandishing sticks at women whose hair is uncovered and for being brusque with foreigners. This man, however, was very friendly, even to the point of allowing another man to take pictures of him shaking my hand.

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