As part of my current obsession with Noah’s ark I’ve been delving into the mythology and genealogy of the Old Testament and what happened when Noah and his family left the ark to repopulate the world. Cooped up on a boat for a few months they got busy straight away and seems to have plenty of ‘begetting’ going on! But it the line from Noah’s son Shem that is the main one to follow as this leads directly down to Abraham, who from my understanding seems to be the granddaddy of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. From then on the family differences between his sons Isaac and Ishmael (from different wives Sarah and Hagar) is where the religions divide and never reconcile. Follow the line from Ishmael for a few centuries and you arrive at the Prophet Mohamed and on his death bed left behind the successional schism between Sunni and Shia. I am a little wiser now but not a lot but hey… families… don’t you just love ’em !!
Apologies first, I’m no scholar and that is probably an interpretation that is more worthy of the ‘Life of Brian’, . The photograph was taken in December near to Marble Arch and was a celebration of the Muslim festival of the Ashura.