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Waiting Procession in the Festival of the Mah 'Mal--Beginning of the Pilgrimage to Mecca
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Waiting Procession in the Festival of the Mah 'Mal--Beginning of the Pilgrimage to Mecca
Title:
Waiting Procession in the Festival of the Mah 'Mal--Beginning of the Pilgrimage to Mecca [Graphic]
Year:
St. Louis, 1894.
Creator:
Bain, Robert E. M
Category:
Mah Mal Procession
Object Details:
1 photograph : b&w ; 25.4 x 17.4 cm ( 10 x 6.875 in).
Notes:
Photograph is in a book with a description beneath ; printed description: "(Ezekiel, xx:7.)--'Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.' The festival of the Mah 'Mal is a modern form of idolatry which seems always to have been characteristic of Egypt. This festival takes place at Cairo annually in April. It is one of the most gala days ever seen in this city. The particular incident which gave rise to this festival is connected with a beautiful woman who lived at the beginning of the reign of the Mamelukes. After the death of her husband she reigned eighty days as Sultana, and then married again. She gave her hand and her throne to her husband, and retired herself within the harem. She made a pilgrimage to Mecca in a magnificent litter borne between camels, and every year since a litter has been sent from Egypt to Mecca along with the pilgrims who make the journey to the holy Mohammedan city." See 5336BAI/LVii62CAJS (Voyager # 361584)
People and guards line the street awaiting a procession; a domed building with two minarets is at the left side and another domed structure with a minaret is at the right
Collection:
CAJS Image Collection LVi BAI 5144 LVi62CAJS
The Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, University of Pennsylvania Libraries