Sword making in Bahrain

Sylvia Smith

Along with reciting poetry the love of the sword, the emotional pull of a handmade, highly decorated dress sword that has its own name is something that seems unique to the Arab world. This short video is dedicated to the Arabian sword, its history and current status as a powerful emblem of Islam. Even when worn as a dress sword it conjures up a past of masculine power, as well as reminding us of the devotion of those who craft these decorative treasures.

Depaj Swords

Bahrain, Sword dance

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