After 30 years of marriage, he never saw her face

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  1. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    No. he's not blind

    After 30 years of marriage, cynics might say most husbands and wives would have seen quite enough of each other, thank you very much.

    But not in the case of one Saudi Arabian man who managed to live with his wife for three decades without setting eyes on her face.

    Not that he had much choice about it. His 50-year-old wife followed the tradition of her native village near the south-western city of Khamis Mushayt and kept her features veiled at all times.

    Until one night last month, that is, when the husband was finally overcome by curiosity and tried to lift his wife's veil as she slept to take a look at her face.

    It was an error he is unlikely to be given a chance to repeat for his outraged wife woke up during his sneak peek and is now demanding a divorce.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/li...ews.html?in_article_id=567199&in_page_id=1811

    Extraordinary lives . . .
     
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  3. pixies

    pixies Former Member

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    For some reason I found that sweet.

    Very interesting.
     
  4. Amraann

    Amraann Former Member

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    I said on another thread... what a screwed up country!
     
  5. drip~drop

    drip~drop kiss a fuzzie

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    Wow.

    I'd be curious too.
    I would have been curious decades ago tho.:eek:
     
  6. txsvicki

    txsvicki New Member

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    He probably did it on purpose knowing that she'd divorce him.
     
  7. reb

    reb New Member

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    what a screwed up religion, is more like it.
     
  8. philamena

    philamena Former Member

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    Amen!
    That's screwed up...making a woman keep her face covered for 30 years. :banghead:
     
  9. concernedperson

    concernedperson Former Member

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    I mean REALLY!
     
  10. absinthe

    absinthe Former Member

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    It's not a religious edict at all. I believe it is actually a pre-Islamic tradition that women in the Arabian Peninsula cover themselves to an extraordinary degree.
     
  11. southcitymom

    southcitymom New Member

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    Yes - the article even points out that this is not an Islamic practice. It is an old tradition that some folks keep up.
     
  12. absinthe

    absinthe Former Member

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    Just read it, thanks :) There are still pockets of Bedouin who practice very ancient non-Islamic religions, especially in southern SA and Yemen. The women (and some of the men) cover themselves very diligently. It's just one of those weird old customs, like bound feet and ritual scarring, that seem quite barbaric to us but probably have very little to do with religion, per se.

    This is not to say that I don't think that there are aspects of Arab culture that are extremely condencending, controlling and even violent toward women. This just isn't one of them. I actually find this story funny and am heartened that the whole world hasn't been stripped of its strange customs yet.
     
  13. pedinurse

    pedinurse Former Member

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    haha... serves them right. maybe they will get so fed up with their extremism (is that a word?) that they will do away with this veiling altogether. i have never understood it (sorry to offend anyone). i just think that if the men do not have to be veiled, the women should not have to be either!!
     
  14. concernedperson

    concernedperson Former Member

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    I don't know but some of these strange customs don't allow growth for the individual. It may be wise to carry a few old world things like cooking certain meals or adhering to certain holidays but for a person to keep their face hidden for 30 years smells more of a great compromise than allowing freedom.

    I just don't see the benefit and it isn't to do with religion but personal freedom. I just don't see the logic behind this.
     
  15. absinthe

    absinthe Former Member

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    From what I read, it seemed as if the woman wanted to keep her face covered against the wishes of her husband.
     
  16. bnhall

    bnhall Former Member

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    Although it seems odd to us, many of these women feel that being veiled empowers them. They feel like they never have to worry about being judged because of their looks, only their character. Many of them feel sorry for American women who have to strive so hard to maintain their beauty.
     
  17. southcitymom

    southcitymom New Member

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    Me too - funky and oddly sweet. I hope they can work it out!
     
  18. southcitymom

    southcitymom New Member

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    Thanks for bringing up this point, bnhall - one that American culture would surely do well to consider!
     
  19. absinthe

    absinthe Former Member

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    There are days when I sympathize with the sentiment. Then I remember my enormous cosmetics and mini skirt collections.
     
  20. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    Right! it's an ancient local custom.
     
  21. GlitchWizard

    GlitchWizard Reprobate

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    I wonder if he thought she was cute or not.

    I've seen some great looking bodies on men that I'd only date if I didn't know what their faces look like. Marraige might be about love and not faces, but attraction can definitely be broken with the wrong face.
     

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