Friday, January 23, 2009

Egyptian foreheads

When I was in Egypt I noticed a lot of men who had large plateu-like bumps on their foreheads. Some were pointier than others, some were discolored. Some were wider. At first I thought it was makeup or something at first or some kind of birth defect. Later on, I asked someone and found out the bumps are from their heads hitting the ground when they pray 5 times a day.

I was told that people who pray more usually have larger bumps so sometimes the men purposely hit the ground harder to give themselves a larger bump to give the impression that they pray more. I don't know if that part is true, it could just be a myth.


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