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Tents are not just for the Bedouins

Our dear neighbor lost their daughter last week. As I mentioned in a previous post, receiving condolences in Jordan takes place at the tribe’s guesthouse (Madafa). Sometimes, for different reasons, a tent is used instead of the guest house to receive condolences.

Our neighbor rented the tent and everything inside it for the occasion which lasts three days.


The tent is dedicated to men. Women go to the deceased’s family house.

The norm is not to go alone. Friends and relatives will go together to give condolences. They will be offered coffee and dates.

The tent in the early morning is closed.

Such tents are still widely used in Jordan for different occasions. During parliamentary or municipality elections candidates rent such tents for weeks for their supporters. They are also used for banquets and weddings.


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