Saudi news and dreams March 23, 2007Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture.
This morning I read the following in the Saudi Gazette;
African Man Held For Sorcery
“A team of inspectors from the Commision of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Madina arrested an African man who wore a rabbits’ foot around his neck. Inside the talisman he had written the name of his employer. He claimed that he had used the talisman to make his employer pay him his salary on time.
Also, the inspectors arrested a group of African overstayers who were caught selling chips for decoding pornographic satellite TV channels.”
I didn’t know people here needed chips for that. I have heard several times that it’s quite easy to get these channels without any problems (and noo I am not looking to get them ). And by the way, how do you manage to write someone name on a rabbits’ foot?
Last night I dreamt that I was living outside the compound in neighbourhood with only Saudis. I was going to a nearby minimarket and decided to wear a thob (!). As soon as I stepped out on the street a boy shouted -Look, look she is wearing a thob! I kept walking straight ahead and then I heard another boy going -A girl in a thob! Let’s get the camera!
All of a sudden, to my horror, I was surrounded by Saudi men of all ages in thobs shouting at me and cursing me. Some were throwing rocks and waterballoons on me. It hit me as I walked that perhaps I should turn back and go home but stubborn as I am once I have started something I didn’t turn back. I had to pass by a mosque and outside were about 200 men waiting to go in and pray. All cursing and shouting at me 😦 . When I finally reached the minimarket the Pakistani owner told me to take another street back home offering me something else to wear (but I refused). A really freaky dream indeed. Maybe I dreamt it cus I like the thobs so much. But no I have never of thought wearing one. Maybe I should now 😉 (oh gosh I feel an urge to go and buy one now, seriously) .