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1 62 The Popular Ritual of

you." — H. " I am not well dressed." — S. " We shall go to the judge. He will tell you if you are well dressed or not." — H. " Where is the wheat } " — S. " I have it in my pos- teriors." — H. " I am not good enough for you." — S. " Oh yes, you are still good ; I am not going to give you up." — H. " Go and beg in an Arab tribe ! " — S. " I am not a beggar." — H. " May God curse you and make you destitute ! I am with child." — S. " You must swear that the child is mine." Sehsioh takes Halima to the judge, and goes then to a group of women, who treat him some- what badly. He returns with one of them, with whose aid he wants to make himself sure as regards Halima's con- dition. She now gives birth to a child, which she carries away and hands over to one of the spectators. Sehsioh (to the judge), — " It is not my son. (To Halima) Come and let us sleep together ! It is not my son, not my son ! " H. " Go away ! " A fight follows, Halima beats Sehsioh, and runs away. S. (to the judge, in a rage), — " I wish to kill her ! "

I was told in the same village that a man dressed up as a camel formerly took part in the performance.

In the village Dar Fellak, in the mountain tribe Jbel la-Hbfb, where I was staying for some time, the party consists of Biijlud, Sehsioh, his wife (who is here called 'Aisa Hameka, that is, "Foolish 'Aisa"), a "mule," and a " Jew " who pretends to sell goods and is made fun of. Bujlfld is pushed by the people, and beats them with an olive stick which he holds in his hand. Among the Jbala of Andjra the company is made up of Biijlud, Sehsioh, his wife Yissuma, a "Jew" with his wife 'Azzuna and his "mule," and also a "judge." Biijlud is dressed in the skins of animals which have been sacrificed at the feast, but otherwise imitates a Christian, and is also called by that name {iidsrani). He runs after the people and beats them, whilst Sehsioh throws ashes into their eyes from his bag. Biijlud is commonly represented by some poor man, who is