We were discussing women and fashion during my Ottoman Empire class this week, while looking at some old newspaper cartoons of how fashion was expressed during the day, and what it meant as a cultural statement. This one was my favorite, for various reasons, but for the most part it still holds true for today.
The way we judge others and their fashion/culture has not changed so much since the Ottoman Empire, and I might even be as bold as say that its gotten even worse.
This cartoon says it all! Its translated from the original Arabic to English at the bottom, but you’ll notice that both the Muslim lady and the European one are basically saying the same thing to each other, without us knowing exactly who is saying what.
When was the last time you passed judgement on someone because they didn’t look or dress like you THINK they should? Do you realize that while you are passing judgement on them, they could just as well be passing judgement on you? This is dealing with much more than just fashion here…
The Galilee region is so seeped in history, its almost impossible to go anywhere that isn’t represented in the Bible and history books. There are many churches, ruins, gardens, and landmarks explaining what happened here in the past:
* The Wedding Church: where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine (they claim to sill have a couple of the original jars from this event)
* The Beattitudes Monastary: On the mountain where the sermon of the Beattitudes took place.
* The Church on the site where Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth
BUT, my absolute favorite place is the Sea of Galilee!!! There is no claiming this was the site where something took place; it IS the place where the storm was calmed and HE walked on water. Surrounded by hills and valleys, trees and shoreline, its absolutely breathtaking. Standing on the Israel side, you can look across and see what is now Syria. When I’m here, my mind automatically drifts back into the history and puts pictures with words. I ♥ it!
Rhodes is full of history and war; inside the old city are remnants of that time….
and now a closer look……