The village of Bethlehem was under Persian rule for 200 years during the age of Queen Esther who reigned ca. 485-465 B.C. How terrible it would be, if one of these Judaean Bethlehemi females had lost a coin in her headgear?
All long distant nomadic travelers between Asia and Africa would do a stopover in ancient Israel. They would have come up to Jerusalem at 750 meters above the sea level to rest for some days. There they would sacrifice a goat, lamb, or pigeon at the Temple Mount, located in the heart of the city.
This city is claimed to be holy by around 3 billion people, or half of the Worlds population. The ancient nomads would have come in caravans using the Hebron road, connection the Sinai desert and Negev with the mountains of Israel. Hardly 12 kilometer south of Jerusalem they would travel through the small town of Bethlehem. This was the place the local shepherds (Gor Banjaras call them «Gorli-wallas») had an encounter with God of Israel. This is the town the Magi from the East, commonly understood to be astrologers from Persia, came to visit a baby boy they called the «The King of the Jews», the promised Messiah. His mother and stepfather had to flee from Bethlehem to Egypt because the King in Jerusalem wanted to kill the new born challenger to the kings authority. In the next articles I will focus on the dress code, patterns, symbols, colors, and coins of these females of Bethlehem. How can it be that nomadic tribes, across what was ancient Persia, use the same dress code? From Cush (Ethiopia) to India?