Traditional rhymes reflect the customs and lifestyles of the culture. The richness of the rhymes comes from the different layers of meaning in many of them. Included are rhymes that are connected to certain celebrations like the rhyme "Seven Camels." This rhyme was recited to children by the mother or grandmother when their first tooth appeared. The mother promises to load seven camels with nuts and good things to eat in celebration of the first tooth. Traditionally a special sweet called "snoonieh" is served to guests. The camels in the rhyme are loaded with ingredients like different nuts which are used to garnish this special sweet for the occasion.
Another rhyme is about a child's first haircut. The mother recites this rhyme to show how much she loves her child and her great expectations for them when they grow up; she hopes they will be the shaykh of all shaykhs. On one level the modern child will enjoy the rhyme as a rhyme about a barber and a haircut, but if one digs deeper one can understand and appreciate the occasion that the rhyme celebrates.
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