The Nubian villages are known for their colorful streets, the rainbow-painted walls, and the kind people there! They live on the West bank of the Nile, deep down south in Egypt. Over 8000 years ago the Nubians moved from Sudan to start living in Egypt around the Nile and start agricultural field there.
They have dark skin and speak a language called Nuba or Nubian. Some said they consider their language as very sacred custom of their own and refuse to teach it to any foreigner. The Nubian houses are made of mud and often colored blue or orange. Palm trees and gardens are everywhere; they raise chickens and goats mostly in their farms. Some locals if not farming, they would live from selling handicrafts and women drawing Henna for tourists.
Egypt has a lot of colorful Nubian villages, the most popular one for the Egyptians and foreigners is “Ghrab sehel”, its near to the magical town Aswan, just 45 minutes by boat or Nile Cruise from Aswan.
Nubian women have really proud heritage, and they could be the reason behind Nubian culture being alive until now. They like to show off their crafts and sell traditional food.
They still wear traditional customs and make Nubian jewelries to wear and sell for the tourists. they are the Nubian women who keep their culture survive, they keep telling their children ancient Nubian tales and stories, teach them traditional Nubian dances and songs and marry within their own. Nubians still affected by ancient Egyptian believes.
They thought the crocodile body hanging over the house door can protect its people from the evil eye, and that’s why you will probably find crocodile mummified bodies all over the village’s doors.
Fish men hunt the crocodile and stuff them with straw while keeping their mouth open and hang them on their houses. They even draw crocodiles everywhere and can keep one or two locked in a cage for tourists to take pictures with.
The Nile crocodile was worshiped in the time of the pharaohs as evil, envy and war god named Sobek, and that’s why Nubians mummified the crocodile to prevent evil things and adopted it as a tradition.
Sources: Memphistours.com and