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November 03, 2010

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You bring up a good point about hospitality. If a stranger came to my door I certainly wouldn't invite them in for supper before asking what they wanted! But then I don't live in a palace with guards and servants around. Perhaps they enjoyed the suspense too?

I'm no expert, but my reading and limited travels (Iraq) reveal that hospitality is huge across Asia to this day. I'm not sure why, though I could guess it comes from a "there but for the grace of God..." mindset. I think you're right, though. In the days before television or the prevalence of the printed word (and requisite literacy), a traveler's story would have made for great entertainment.

Very true. I suppose in times and places where travelling is dangerous, strangers are in need of protection and not likely to abuse hospitality.

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