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BEDOUIN HERITAGE
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Ya rakibin - oh rider!

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Most of the odes and poetic verses of the Bedouin used this address to begin their eloquent speech. The reader is invited to follow this ancient motto and join this website into the badu world "on back" of the amazing horse of the desert of Arabia. On our journey back in time and into a world gone for ever, the Bedouin horse will be our rafiq ( a friend guiding the way). We will discover a fascinating cosmos of solidarity, manhood, simplicity, and hospitality in one of the most threatening circumstances of human life and answers to the most urgent questions of our present time. 

Bedouin society was based on the principle of solidarity with strong family structures and coming from this the tribal structures. And it was characterized by an extraordinary relation between man and beast. Bedouins defined themselves by the camel. Desert life was unthinkable without the dromedary, even impossible. Science speaks of man being the parasite of the camel. The relationship towards the horse was quite different. It was a symbiotic relation. Horses could only survive in the desert with the help of man and his dromedary of which milk it was nursed in bad times. The horse meant a heavy burden for the Bedouin. But it was at the same time indispensable for combats and raids. The camel was the most important animal of the Bedouin, but the animal dearest to him was his horse. Thus a relation was formed between Bedouin and horse – and we should not forget the role of women and children in it – that was coined by a mutual love. For me, the love towards humans of the Arabian horse and his unique character are one of its most important breed characteristics and the decisive reason why it could conquer the hearts of so many people on all continents. Thus the Arabian horse became an ambassador for the Arabian world around the globe. The common love towards this breed has already insinuated countless friendships across all political, religious and ethnical boundaries.

Why did I explain this to you? We cannot turn back the time. Bedouin life will not come back from the dead. But we can, by knowing and understanding the past, we have to preserve the valuable heritage that has been left of that past, a time that was characterized by a struggle for survival and uncertainness. This heritage by far transcends the Arabian horse and it plays a key role for identity of the descendants of the Bedouin in modern world.  They can be proud of the fact that their ancestors have created a horse breed that has nothing comparable anywhere, and that its extraordinary character is a mirror of the values of their past.

Furthermore we will see how the foregone life of the nomads still influences the Arab countries and has become a major factor in today´s world´s politics. And our journey will culminate in the most important event that will take place in the future: the return of the Messiah/al-masih on back of an Arabian horse, coming from heaven sent by God, our heavenly father.

Matthias Oster

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