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Mermah

Far away from the city’s modernism that demolished the inherited Egyptian identity, citizens of Upper Egypt still hold on to their elders’ cultural rituals, which “El-Mermah” (Spearing) is one of. El-Mermah is the oldest fencing competition in the history of Egypt. On their horses, young men of Upper Egypt, especially in the region’s south, gather annually to showcase their abilities of fencing while riding on their horses, as well as exhibiting their abilities of dancing with their horses.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Qena- Upper Egypt, Egypt
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Copyright: © Shrouk Ghonim