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Author Topic: Mo of  Arabia.  (Read 5262 times)

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Offline Don P

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Re: Mo of  Arabia.
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2003, 04:08:44 PM »
Dad was stationed in Massatusetts when my mother came to be in the family way. Both Grandmothers tried some strong persuasion to get my mother to do the birthing back home to save the family from embarrasement  :D. These were fine old ladies who would have slept in the car before taking a room at the Sherman Arms motel. Dad wasn't about to miss the event so I was Biloxi bred and Chelsea born...to an Air Force recruit in a Naval horspittal  ;D.
We had a plumber on a job up north that had the stars and bars on the window of his truck. As we got to talking, he told me with pride that his ancestor had been one of the fellows that invented the parrot gun, the north's famed rifled artillery...kinda funny.

Michelle's sister's family spent 10 years in Saudi, the years between the Iraqi wars, working for Aramco. The company puts out a magazine called Aramco World that is free for the asking, kind of PR for their point of view. There are articles on history, world relations, etc, from their viewpoint. Quite watered down but some interesting stuff, a very rich and diverse culture.Our educators should certainly get it in their school libraries, this is a culture our young people cannot afford to ignore.
One thing I recall from the mag was that there is a tree in Yemen that sweats Dragons Blood...it is a resin, much like frankincense and myhrr, that I've also seen in old instrument finish recipes. If you see Mo again...I'm interested  ;D.
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Re: Mo of  Arabia.
« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2003, 08:27:15 PM »
   Dragon's blood is indeed a very fine resin. I learned of it about 2 years ago, and after a trial, I incorporate it in most of the incense I make. My resin grouping includes frankincense, myrrh, dragonsblood, pinon pine, copal, and damar (which may be the samne as white copal) I just learned of opopanax, which is also very nice. There is a reason that these things have been such durable trade goods for the international spice trade. Perfume (which, by the way is purportedly derived from 'par fume'- through or via the smoke) was originally incense based.  lw  
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