Cowry from Socotra’s 1970s

Himbebe or cowry from the northern shore of Socotra - 1970s

Himbebe or cowry from the northern shore of Socotra – 1970s

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Photos from My Archive

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Nuged the south of Socotra May 1979

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Digital art picture – based on a Photo from My Archive

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Sunset homework. Qalansia – Socotra, 1979

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Photos from My Archive

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Fatima Qamar Ya-wa-wa Sqt1A

Walking along the roads of Socotra that time about 40 years ago – in 1978-79.

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Photos from My Archive

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Hadibo, Socotra – 1978-79

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Salima and her boy – Socotra – 1978

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Fattum

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Photo from my archive

The women are saving the most deep inherited traditions of the people. In Socotra it is all the same – despite of the local men’s love and respect to basic Socotran folklore traditions.

It was a short period of 1970s-1980s when such texts could be recorded and such photos taken. They all are now the history archive of the island.

And it was a unexpected and sudden opportunity to hear the pure version of the Socotran folk tale of Two Brothers not from young or old men of Socotra but from
Fatima, a daughter of uncle Salim Sho`o and his only wife Maryam min d-il-Keshen.

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Soqotri speaking

Assaida tv (Yemen), Mukhtar al-Rahbi, Sada al-‘usbuu Programme, 2013

Here is not so much Soqotri but the traditional greetings in Soqotri are well pronounced and formulated..

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Box of Tales in a Book

In:
Socotra: A Natural History of the Islands and their People.
Catherine Cheung and Lyndon DeVantier; Science Editor: Kay Van Damme.
Odyssey Books & Guides, Hong Kong, 2006. Pp. 404.

My Box 8.3 about The Folktales of Socotra (p. 292)

 

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How Is a Real Folk Tale of Socotra Looking Like?

1. gadaḥ ‛Ali Bota‛el wa qaṣṣa he-n ṭad qiṣṣa

2. ‛omar ‛Ali Bota‛el: gedaḥ (h)-i ṭod wa ‛omar (h)-i:

3. – ya-‛li, ho-hon šodim yha qaqa lilin wa gedaḥ l-soṭhon wa ‛omar h-i:

4. ya soṭhon, ho-hon šodimk lilin ’inni ba‛alk d-e firhim.

5. ‛omar soṭhon: ḥabas t-i!

6. wa na‛a ’ifo yikhen? qalk ‛af l-irqaḥ d-yo qaqa?

7. ‛omar ‛Ali Bota‛el: noqa‛en sitta riyāl wa ho-hon ’iraqaḥ mukšam.

8. ’inqa‛ mukšan darahim wa ‛omar h-i:

9. – na‛a ’iṭahero!

10. tza‛a š-i de mismār wa ho-hon ’iza‛a diš maṭraqa!

11. wa ’iṭahero!

12. ‛omar mukšam: dyo ’iṭahero?

13. ‛omar: ’iṭahero – ‛irubk ho.

14. tu‛ud š-i wa ’ål ’iśa’ak!

15. gedaḥo di-d-ḥalf d-‛igebo hi.

16. ‛omar yhe: tḥofer diš qa‛r d-ḥa! wa ‛a tšimtel!

17. ḥfaro ka’ala.

18. gedaḥen ’imba‛ele d-soṭhon wa ‛imar:

19. – lo tḥofer diš qa‛r d-ḥa?

20. ye‛omar soṭhon – ’ål ‛ak tḥfer wulla ḥubas ta-k!

21. ‛omar ‛Ali: d̮abi soṭhon l-išimtel tho – ’ål šobotk!

22. qo‛o soṭhon driša, ‛omar h-i:

23. ’a-‛li, ’nqana‛k? lo tḥofer dyo qa‛r?

24. ‛omar h-i: šodemk lilin ’inni ẖazna yho-d bebe nḥat d-et qa‛r.

25. ‛omar soṭhon: ’a-‛li, ’ål ḥazak ’inni mišrher kidb?

26. ‛omar ‛Ali: ’ifo te‛omer mišrher kidb?

27. wa ’e-hen gedaḥ-k mukšam ‛omar ha-k: šodem-k lilin
ṭod mišrher ’inni ho ba‛alk d-e firhim – ‛omark: yukub t-i d-sign!

28. ho-hon ša’amoNk ’inni šodemk ṭo’o mukšam biraḥ teten.

29. wa na‛a ta‛omer – kidb!

30. wa ’e-hen ḥibisk mukšam.

31. ‛omar ‛Ali: raqaḥ mukšam wa ho-hon ’ål ‛ak ’aḥofer.

This is that very text of a Socotra folk tale that I was fortunate to record – for the first time in full – from a Socotri man from Hadibo, ca. 26-28 years old, a serjeant in Shallal brigade serving very far from his homeland – at the foot of the Al-Uqla Mountain, in 15 km from the ancient Hadramaut capital Shabwa – at the south edge of Ramlat al-Sab’atayn desert sands. In March 1978.

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