Wednesday, March 09, 2005

G-ds of the Black-Headed People



The Cranky Professor points out this reed temple in southern Iraq. (Article in NY Times)
Sheik Fadal showed his visitors to a splendid lunch of chicken, carp, pudding and dates in a mudeef, one of the arching, temple-like reed structures of ancient design that somehow remain hushed and cool inside even at high noon. As customary, a black-turbaned cleric recited the brief opening verse of the Koran when the meal was done.

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