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Jordan - Nabatean Man of Petra

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Nabateans are ancient people of northwestern Arabia, centered in modern Jordan. They formed a kingdom in the 4th century BCE or possibly earlier which lasted until 106 CE, representing about 450 years of existence. Their capital was Petra. The Nabateans are most likely of the same ethnic origin as other peoples of Arabia, and their modern descendants are either labelled Arabs or Bedouins. Since the Nabateans originally were nomads, they their first economy was supported by raiding neighbouring kingdoms and caravans. As they established urban centres, they altered this approach and provided trade caravans with necessary services, securing their passage through their lands and providing them with a place to do business, in return for taxes paid.


The Nabateans proved to be great artisans, creating the spectacular rock city of Petra, one of the most remarkable sites of the Middle East. Buildings were cut out from the rocks, using a mixture of Middle Eastern and Arabian patterns.


As I was walking around Petra, I've noticed a group of man hidden in one of the carved rooms. They were presenting Nabatean people with all their customs from daily life. The wonderful colors of red sand stone Petra is carved of presented fantastic background for portraits. I particularly like this one as the man dress and face nicely matches the wall, also the direction where he looks is accompanied with those stripes in the rock.


Canon 5D Mark II, f/4.0, 0.025 sec (1/40), ISO 100, 17 mm


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Taken on February 26, 2009