I found this section of the reading very interesting. I thought that the set up of the caravan was very complex. Hundreds of animals, armed guards, and merchants must have been a very exciting sight to see. Hasan and those involved in the caravan become consumed by it. Even the weeks leading up to it are all completely focused on the caravan. I find it interesting that he sees the caravan as a way of forgetting his numerous troubles he has back home.
I liked this chapter so much because we get to learn about the different areas the caravan passed through. Especially interesting was the custom at Umm Junaiba. Here, anyone who passed the “water course” had to jump and dance as they walked. Hasan mentions that most did this out of fun but some were cautious of the superstation that if they didn’t dance they would end up with bad luck.
I could never imagine having to go through something so extensive and drawn out as a caravan. It demands so much and is so dangerous. My question is did people in the caravan enjoy making the journey to sell their goods and experience new places or was it more of a reluctant obligation?