Nubian Man, Egypt

Nubian Man, Egypt

After completing a 20-minute camel ride in the Nubian desert (the southern part of Egypt), my tour group was treated to a visit with a village family where we enjoyed some refreshments in the courtyard of their home. Like housing in Mexico, the living quarters are located behind a wall around a central courtyard. The blue on the walls of the courtyard and house is called Nubian Blue, a pigment produced from lapis lazuli, meaning "blue stone" in Latin and Persian. Lapis stones have been valued for thousands of years, their deep, celestial blue the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision and the life-giving properties of the Nile river's waters. The blue color is also a universal symbol of wisdom and truth.

The man's silky looking white clothing contrasts so beautifully with the color of his skin and the background blue of the wall.