Saudi Arabia, a place where on can still visit the 7th century and not be in a museum.
Where flower men are violent, anti-socialite, psychopaths, drink camel piss for supposed medicinal purposes, and regardless of their attempts to smell good, still stink.
Hey infidel! Wear moss on your head to cover your stench!
Meet the flower men of Saudi Arabia: They’ve lived in a remote mountain fortresses for 2,000 years (but don’t be fooled by the head-dresses – they are so violent even the police are scared of them)
- The tribe live in the foothills of the Habala Mountains in Saudi Arabia’s southern Asir province
- Men wear colourful floral garlands in a bid to look good and smell nice in the intense heat
- Despite their love of flowers, the tribes are notoriously violent and engage in cross-border battles
- So dangerous are some of the tribes, the Saudi Arabian police refuse to enter some of the villages
- Their villages are fortified with the tribesmen so far resisting all attempts to develop their land
They live in the Habala Mountains that straddle Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen but take orders from neither government, instead living their lives under the dictates of tribal law.
Meet the ‘flower men’, a tribe of people descended from the ancient Tihama and Asir groupings and whose traditions, most strikingly the garlands of herbs and blooms they wear, date back more than two millennia.
But as photographer Eric Lafforgue discovered, they are the source of much unrest in the region, conducting cross-border battles and reacting violently should any outsider stumble into their turf – including to Lafforgue himself.
More here. H/T: Gaia