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The Man

The Yemeni, who grow up under the sun of Southern Arabia, are swarthy, lean and short. They must be brave, hardy and generous. They are distinguished from other Arabs by their clothes — the male skirt reminiscent of an Indonesian sarong, adorned with tassels and fringes and girdled with a wide leather or canvas belt. A belt is used instead of pockets — it has sections for money, keys, smoking accessories and bullets. The Yemeni wear leather sandals on their feet, the sound of which scares away snakes and scorpions. On their heads they wear an embroidered scarf with tassels, which is indispensable in sandstorms. A real man must protect the honour of his clan, which is shown by the broad curved dagger, the jambiyya, a symbol of personal courage, and also a pistol or automatic weapon — faithful companions on a journey.

Dagger — jambiyya with a belt. Hadramawt.
Dagger — jambiyya with a belt. Hadramawt.
Male kilt (loin cloth) — shaydhar. Hadramawt.
Male kilt (loin cloth) — shaydhar. Hadramawt.
Sandals — ba jkhaysh. Hadramawt.
Sandals — ba jkhaysh. Hadramawt.
Double reed pipe — mizmar. Hadramawt.
Double reed pipe — mizmar. Hadramawt.

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