Very ancient civilizations flourished in Yemen; it was believed to have been the home of the Queen_of_Sheba, also was a center for myrrh and frankincense trade (in the port city of Aden).
The Hoopoe's Lament DAILY TWEEP #57, May 15, 2011 (link top right)
The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon meet with the help of the Hoopoe bird. Here is the story: One night King Solomon invited all the birds to sing to his noble guests. All came except the hoopoe. When found, the bird explained that he was not guilty of disrespect. On the contrary, for the last three months he had hardly tasted any food or water, flying all over the world to discover if any place existed which was not yet subject to Solomon. Finally he found the land of Sheba. The lush land in the middle of the desert boasted gold, silver, and great gems, and one of the most valuable treasures of the royal line was the throne, intricately carved of precious woods and inlaid with ivory and gold. The inhabitants of Sheba did not know the meaning of war, said the hoopoe….read more
SOCOTRA ISLAND, ECOLOGICAL MARVEL
Socotra, an island off the coast of Yemen, was named a World Heritage Site by the Unesco. It is considered an ecological marvel, with hundreds of endemic species of plants and birds (found nowhere else on earth).
While researching today’s DAILY TWEEP, I image googled “Yemen”.