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"Nubian village - african style" Aswan Things to Do Tip by Myndo

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  Nubian Village, Aswan
by Myndo

A little upstream of Aswan and on the west side of the Nile is a Nubian village, that you can visit.

The Nubians are the Egyptians with a darker skin. They came from farther south.
In the Pharaonic times Nubia was very precious because it was the source of Gold (the name Nub means gold).

When Aswan Dam was built many Nubians had to leave their old villages because of the raising water. They built new ones higher up. This is one of them.
The style is beautiful, more african than egyptian with its color and forms. They also often use ceramic that they insert into the walls as decoration.
Some Nubians here grow crocodiles that they later let free in the Nasser lake (not the Nile).
They also have an official school and a soccer place - sponsored by the state.

Be prepared when coming here for the many children that would like to have sweets and bakshish and such from you. They are quite cute and - worse- they know it!

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  • Updated Dec 25, 2004
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