I thought the title of this post might get your attention! Saudi public schools require all boys to dress in the traditional white thobe (long dress) and all girls wear some type of conservative uniform. When girls reach a certain age, they must also then wear the abaya (long black cloak) over their clothing to and from school, plus they must cover their hair with the hijab (scarf). All store mannequins in Saudi Arabia are headless. From what I understand, the reason why mannequin heads are prohibited is because it would be considered a form of idolatry, according to the religious interpretations here. So that also means that there are no statues in the human form either. And animals too. I have seen some sculptures of body parts, but never a complete person or animal. If you would like to see more examples of this phenomenom, here are some previous posts I did on the subject: Headless Mannequins; Confusing Contradictions; Tall Camel Sculpture; The Eye; The Fist; Hungry Horses; and The Supplication.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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