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Troupe of Itinerant Dancers Performing to the Music of Tomtoms in the Streets of Aden

TROUPE OF ITINERANT DANCERS PERFORMING TO THE MUSIC OF TOMTOMS IN THE STREETS OF ADEN

The amusements of the Arabs and Somalis are none of a violent character, as might be judged from the nature of the people themselves. Dancing, perhaps, requires the greatest amount of physical exertion. Some Arab women prefer this rough-and-tumble existence on the streets to the monotony of the harem, and the profession is the resort of the abandoned wives of Somalis who, having had their fill of a strange people, forsake them and return to their native land