The Frankincense Trail - BBC documentary

Discussion in 'General Multimedia' started by ejazr, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. ejazr

    ejazr Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2009
    Messages:
    4,518
    Likes Received:
    1,378
    Location:
    Hyderabad and Sydney
    A fascinating 4 part documentary about the history of frankincense trade and rituals along the length of the trade. Also gives some interesting insights to tribal practices in the middle east.







     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 10, 2015
    W.G.Ewald and Singh like this.
  2.  
  3. Singh

    Singh Phat Cat Administrator

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2009
    Messages:
    20,305
    Likes Received:
    8,270
    Location:
    011
    I saw part of this documentary on TV. The Saudi driver was cool !

    Frankincense has very important religious/spiritual connotations too, am I right ?
     
  4. ejazr

    ejazr Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2009
    Messages:
    4,518
    Likes Received:
    1,378
    Location:
    Hyderabad and Sydney
    It is quite informative, I learnt a lot of things that I didn't know as well.

    Who would have thought that there is a tribe called the flower men who put crowns of flowers on their heads and dance in Saudi Arabia? lol
    Or the camel jumping sport in Yemen?

    I think frankincense definitely has a more religious significance for Christians as can be see in part 4 where almost all different sects of Christianity use Frankincense in some shape or form. But it is definitely a middle eastern tradition.

    There also was a trading route to Gujarat and Malabar coast from Oman and Yemen as part of the incense route which reads its peak between 7BC and 2AD. After that, the sea route directly to Egypt from India undercut the profitability of the South Arabian trade routes and led to their decline. There is a pretty cool red sea diving sequence where they show a sunken trading ship of that era. (Incense Route - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    Still interesting to note that globalisation existed in the East far before it was popularized by the west
     
  5. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Messages:
    14,140
    Likes Received:
    8,528
    Location:
    North Carolina, USA
    Why Gold Frankincense and Myrrh? - Star and Magi

     
    ejazr likes this.

Share This Page