Saturday, December 4, 2010

Customs and traditions of Somalia

Customs and traditions of Somalia
Although the Somali customs and traditions are much similar to those form Arab and other Islamic cultures, according to the marriage, clothing, family and food. But there are still some local traditions which Somali people accustomed to practice in a certain parts of the country once a year. Headrests are used by both Somali men and women while resting or sleeping. It is popularly believed that the headrest serves a protective function by elevating the head off the ground during sleep, thereby preventing any possible attack by snakes or scorpions. Men's headrests, such as this one, generally feature a smaller base that makes them somewhat unstable to sleep on, while the rectangular bases of women's headrests are usually more stable. Scholars suggest that this instability is purposeful as it prevents the user from falling into a deep sleep while guarding the herds at night. It is in this sense that the headrest itself has become a symbol of vigilance among Somali nomads.
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