The camel’s bells
October 3, 2012 at 10:13 am #12140ovidiu oanaParticipant
Do you remember my “bells for cattle” album?
I do not have a bell for camels and I’m interested to have one.
Below it’s a short comment about this special bells:
The bells accompanying the camel caravans in the desert have provided interesting themes for poems, paintings and music. Instead of being hung on the camel’s neck, bells in the shape of an iron bucket are hung on a stick on the saddle of the last camel. In the vast and silent deserts, the sound of slow and rhythmic camel bells is the only music for the grooms. However, the real purpose of using the bells is to prevent camels from being lost.
Camels are very timid. Even when a hare passes by, it will be frightened and jump. To avoid breaking the camel’s nose, a knot which can be undone by a pull is tied on each camel’s nose. So a startled camel may leave the caravan without the groom’s knowledge. But if grooms who walk ahead of the camel train don’t hear the bells, they will know that the camels are lost and will look for them.
In addition, the bells can be used as the signal of the camel train. In the past, bandits often robbed goods on the way. When approaching dangerous spots, grooms would hide the bells. Without hearing the familiar sound, camels would know that their masters wanted them to keep on without making noise.
The bells can also be used as alarm bells. Upon hearing the bells, foxes, hares and gerbils that come out to look for food will escape in a hurry or hide in holes. Thus they will not disturb the camels.
for an Antique U.S. Camel Bell Early 1900s see:
another fine Somali camel bell you can see attached and it’s history at:
details about the story of second picture (8 bronze camel bells) you can find at:
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Thank you and have a great day!
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