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Culture 8

For rural people in the Middle East, time has a different meaning than in Western industrialized modern societies, which are more organized according to time. In Turabdin, where most of the people were farmers, they would follow the seasons and the needs of their farms regarding agriculture and farming. They would continue until the work was finished.

When receiving visitors it was not common to tell people there was no time for having them. It would be perceived as impolite or inhospitable.

A saying about time is: latle zabno d ḥoyëk riše ܠܰܬܠܶܗ ܙܰܒܢܐ ܕܚܳܝܷܟ ܪܝܫܶܗ „So and so doesn’t even have time to scratch his head’, meaning over-committed.