Beautiful Camels!

Happy New Year dear Jade Readers. Perhaps because it has been a full day, preceded by many ‘full days’, or that it is New Year’s Eve and we are heading into yet another year of Pandemic, I just felt this news article in the Guardian newspaper HAD to be shared. But why?

It is said that retaining a sense of humour is the saving grace of the religious life. Please laugh, smile, raise your eyebrows in wonderment as we head into the year to come. May we find contentment, peace, joy and a smile in our hearts. Always and forever. And YES, this is a very sad business – Camel Beauty Pageant! Really?

Camels enhanced with Botox barred from Saudi beauty contest

Saudi authorities have carried out their biggest crackdown on camel beauty contestants, disqualifying more than 40 โ€œenhancedโ€ camels from the annual pageant,

The camels disqualified in the competition, at the King Abdulaziz camel festival, were judged to have received Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups.

Botox injections, facelifts and other cosmetic alterations to make the camels more attractive are strictly prohibited. Jurors decide the winner based on the shape of the animalsโ€™ heads, necks, humps, dress, and postures.

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11 thoughts on “Beautiful Camels!”

  1. I went to a Dessert festival a Bedouin festival in Tunisia ..along time ago ! It was amazing and horrific all at once ..The camels blew me away was held in or around mating season… Anyway I totally get this ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿคฃ

    1. Thank you so much Mark. I started to write a comment and it’s now become so long I’ll elevate it to being a post. That will be later. You will like the image of the Eurasian Eagle Owl…part of my out there day yesterday. Reflecting now on yesterday’s post I realize that context is all and not giving the details of my lived past days would have readers imagine I was finding humour at the expense of outright cruelty to those Camels. Far from that.

      Sometimes what one encounters in the course of a day is SO ‘out there’ that one is taken past outrage and condemnation. One can become numb with the onslaught of unremitting ‘madness’ to the point where cruelty, ignorance and tragedy become the norm. For many in this world, creatures included, numb is the only feasable response when death is close – frequently a slow death for so many.

      We have been living, we are still living and will continue to live with such levels of madness (suffering) in our world that the opposites, numbness and outrage, smash together. I’m just thinking, imagining, how those going into battle do so issuing great crys as they wield their swords! Mad laughter?

      Battle can become a way of life as can disengagement and passivity. We have the edge of a sword to ballance on as we go onwards. Painful, frequently.

  2. That brought smiles & chuckles here. Love the story as a metaphor for what humans get up to & yes we have a serious year ahead but facing it with hope & curiosity! Greetings of this New Year to you. Hope all’s well.

  3. Dear Rev Mugo
    Happy new year
    thank you for your beautiful writing / words ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ

  4. Camels are always lovely. They have beautiful eyes and lovely feet. What a nice photograph though. Thank you. xxxx Happy New Year.

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