حلاقة الماشية... بشار Shepherd Shaving Sheep in Beshar Algeria
11:12:09 PM Friday Feb 20, 2009
The music, though indian, complements this video of an Algerian shepherd giving his sheeps a clean cut. Pay attention to the sound of the special scissors, as he works his hands and grips. And what amazed me is how the sheep is so relaxed and gracious. It's a powerful example, to me, for the give and take relationship that exists between man and domestic animals. A relationship made possible by the creator. Most domestic animal are usually peaceful and easy-going, and that is for a purpose. And knowing that the wool that sheep is giving away so calmly while curiously staring at the camera is going to become a sweater, jacket or bed cover brings me down to my knees. So Soub7anallah. God says in Surat Anna7l (The Bees) verse 80:
I discovered this 1 minute clip last year and it is already in my collection of priceless rare youtube memorabilia. Enjoy!
English (Yusuf Ali): (Recite) 16:80 It is Allah Who made your habitations homes of rest and quiet for you; and made for you, out of the skins of animals, (tents for) dwellings, which ye find so light (and handy) when ye travel and when ye stop (in your travels); and out of their wool, and their soft fibres (between wool and hair), and their hair, rich stuff and articles of convenience (to serve you) for a time.
French: 16:80 Et Allah vous a fait de vos maisons une habitation, tout comme Il vous a procuré des maisons faites de peaux de bêtes que vous trouvez légères, le jour où vous vous déplacez et le jour où vous vous campez. De leur laine, de leur poil et de leur crin (Il vous a procuré) des effets et des objets dont vous jouissez pour un certain délai.
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Well such is life. That's why some people live on the shore and others in the continent. Some in the city and others in the village. Some in the forest and others in the desert. Some in the north and others in the south. Some in West and others in East...
What one like another dislike. Cold and heat. Fluid and solid. Joy and anger. Happiness and sadness. ;-)
Thanks for the update, The last time I seen CYM was in 2005. I am due for a quick visit. I get lost when there.. but I am lost naturally so that's not a big deal. Good to know that Laqraa is still around he must be in his 70's
I did notice how things got smaller like a Dbou and lamrissa, to many memories... the other day I looked up Lycee Ibn Roshd and Joulan on google earth what a treat... things have chaged too many new buildings too many new neighborhoods, the heros of my youth are now old men if they are still alive.
The 60s @ CYM (Cité Yacoub El Mansour) or more appropriately ADDOUAR! What a wonderful time that was. The Great Douar was then wild but was real Magic!
The 60s @ CYM : La7la9i in the big central dusty square. La9raâ is still living. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see him again. Guess where! in a 2M TV program at 4:00 am!!! I was pleased to see him again and even more pleased to learn that he is still living.
The 60s @ CYM : The Tall Blond Germain Girl was left behind by the Germain circus. After a while, she ended up working in Cinéma Al7amra, married and had a daughter with a Moroccan, spent the rest of her life in Akkari, her daughter is maybe 40 years old now.
Cinéma Al7amra and Assa7ra are closed now! Along with Chella, they count among the roman ruins: Spartacus, Hercule, the Gladiators are all dead!!!
The origin slums that constituted the nucleus of CYM in the early 20s and 30s (the Joutya of our time) is currently being cleared after so many decades. Modern apartments are occupying the space, right now under construction. One of the biggest challenges under the new era.
The Ocean is still, with its integral beauty. The Dbou looks smaller and the Mressa narrower.
The original inhabitants (Oulad Douar) are bent melt in more than 300000 emigrants.
CYM has now the characteristics of a big sub-city where people don't know each other.
Salem, the Pleasure is mine my friend That was me the note was written in a different era and different medium. The douar is Yacoub al Mansour, the time is the 60's, I am still around my friend, always in communication with Adnane. I write very little, but now that all my kids are in college, I probably can spare few minutes to share with my beloved friends at Raioo. wal hamdoulillah.
Hey Abi Hureira! Nice to meet you here. It's you who posted the note about Al-Kaway seven years ago! Which big Douar was it? Yacoub El Mansour or Douar Doum? Look what I wrote about your note in my post of October 22, 2007, 3rd paragraph!
It’s nice to learn that you’re still around, man!.
On animal abuse, back in late sixties when I was a young kid, I witnessed an amazing reaction to animal abuse which I would never forget. A Man was yelling at his small donkey that was pulling a gigantic load of fruits and vegetables on one of those two-wheel chariots up a steep hill in Fes city. The guy was yelling all kinds of insults and hitting the small little donkey with a whip. A car stopped across the street for little while, then a small woman emerged out of the car, ran across the street and walked up to the guy, yelled at him for mistreating his helper (donkey), then grabbed the whip and gave him two nice ones and said how does it feel to be told to do your Job this way while you’re doing your best doing it? She threw the whip on the sidewalk and walked back to her car saying “you shouldn’t have the right to own the animal”. The guy didn’t say a darn thing, he forgot about the whip and continued on his way pulling the chariot assisting his donkey. I was with my cousin on the sidewalk, walking the opposite direction of the chariot and witnessed this act of courage. I alon with my cousin were so impressed! and learned a great lesson. That was just about 11 years after our independence from the French 52 years ago… Unfortunately, animals are still abused and mistreated every day, not only in Morocco but throughout the world. Something must be done to stop such abuse.
Wow.. Look at that! Did you see how much wool that small sheep left behind? incredible. The sheep seem to love being sheared for some reason. I have no clue how farmers in Morocco perform shearing. I know for a fact that barbers started using electronic shavers to cut our hairs only in the early 90s. They used scissors and sharp lames before. Based on that I can only conclude that farmers followed suit when it came to shaving sheep. Our shepherd is either old school, and cares enough about his sheep not to get hurt so he ties her legs so she submits naturally, or he was videotaped in the 80s. In either case, I find it humbling how he kneels down to the sheep's level in contrast with the modern farmers who stand up and force the sheep to sit on its bone tail, an unnatural position for any animal. The closest an animal got to that position is a monkey, dog or cat sitting on their ass.
The subject of abusing animals back home is interesting Mahjoub :) It's still amazing to me how most horses and donkeys of sha3b keep their long necks down and have at least one big ugly cikatrice!!! While the animals belonging to the rich and elite live better than wlad sha3b. Even animals did not escape social classification.
You sound very nostalgic. I have couple comments about the video. in this video the sheep legs are tied, the poor thing has no choice but to submit. the relationship between animals and owners is not as rosy as you painted it. Animals in our part of the world are very much abused. they have to do what they are told or else they get the crap beaten out of them. The Coranic verse you used doesn't talk about abuse, nor does it tackle the right and proper treatment of animals, it only gives examples of what is available for humans to use in order to sustain a living. We are in the 21st century, and the tools that poor guy is using belongs in the museum. It’s high noon that governments step up to the plate and help farmers modernize in order to make good living and make their countries self sufficient instead of the poverty in which they have been squeezed into. Those in charge should help the farmers not only economically but ensure they are educated and knowledgeable of the latest technologies that would help them improve their conditions and maximize their earning and output. As for the relationship between farm animals and owners is not a give and take one but based on abuse and control. Let’s not use religion to justify our treatment of animals… religion has been used in the past to justify slavery and so on and so forth… if you would like to see a happy sheep while being shaved check youtube or go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sp308ctSoY&feature=related