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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Palestinian Bread from Mexico


Palestinian Bread from Mexico

Palestinian Bread From Mexico!

The Latins call pita bread “pan árabe” (Arab bread). This is basically pita bread from scratch.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Linguistic Curiosities – Olé – Wadi

O Allah ==> Ojala (Spanish exclamation of surprise/approval) ==> Olé (bullring chant)


The Guadalquivir river Spain is the best navigable river in Spain.

The name comes from the Arabic al-wādi al-kabīr (الوادي الكبير), which means The Great River/Valley/Canyon.

Now, think of Guadalajara (in Castile, Spain; and later Mexico) (wādī al-hidjārah), which means “river of stones

Guadalcanal, in Seville Spain comes from an Arabic word,(wādī al-Qanal), meaning “river of refreshment stalls”

The root of all this comes from the Arabic word Wadi, which means intermittant riverbed, or valley.

The Spanish word for river is rio, which is of Indo-European origin; but the root Guada– is how the Spanish pronounced the Arabic wadi.

This term Guada– is now found in Mexico (Guadalajara) and even in the Solomon Islands, where an island (Guadalcanal) was the site of a famous WWII battle. The island was named after a river in Castile, Spain, which was originally named by the Arabs.

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Lebanese in Mexico are setting up Historic Archives


The video was posted on YouTube on Sept 26, 2012, by Archivo Libanés

There is a recent drive to set up an archive concerning the Lebanese of Mexico. This should be quite interesting.

Anywhere between 1 and 5 million Mexicans have some degree of Lebanese ancestry. Almost all are Christians. They started arriving in the 19th century.

Among some of the more famous are the actress Salma Hayek and the tycoon Carlos Slim.

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