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Start of the Procession of the Festival of the Mah'Mal
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Start of the Procession of the Festival of the Mah'Mal
Start of the Procession of the Festival of the Mah'Mal [Graphic]
St. Louis, 1894.
Bain, Robert E. M
Mah Mal Procession
Holy Carpet Procession
Object Details:
1 photograph : b&w ; 25.4 x 17.5 cm ( 10 x 6.875 in).
Photograph is in a book with a description beneath ; printed description: "(Exodus, xxxii: 23, 24.)--We see in the 23rd and 24th verses of the 32d chapter of Exodus how the children of Israel had imbibed the ideas of idolatry in vogue among the Egyptians. In the view above we have a scene representing idolatry among the Egyptians of to-day. While the Mohammedans are said to worship the one God, yet they attach a sacredness and divine significance to things which make of them as complete idols as were held in adoration by their ancient ancestors. This festival of the Mah'Mal is annually observed in Cairo. It is popularly called the procession of the Holy Carpet. It has reference to the pilgrimage that is made every year to Mecca by devout Mohammedans. The Mah'Mal is a litter made of wood in the form of a pyramid, in which the carpet is placed to be carried to Mecca. This carpet for the mosque at Mecca is manufactured in Constantiniople and sent to Cairo at the expense of the Sultan." See 5145BAI/LVi63CAJS (Voyager # 358012)
Guards, people, and young trees line the street; a procession with a pyramid-shaped litter on the street
CAJS Image Collection LVii BAI 5337 LVii63CAJS
The Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, University of Pennsylvania Libraries