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Fairy-Tale Stamps

Vladimir Agafonov   [ 10.12.2009 ]
Fairy-Tale Stamps

The most beautiful postal stamps issued for the Mahra Sultanate of Qishn and Socotra were the stamps devoted to Arab culture and folklore.

 
Wildlife reserves of Socotra

Socotra has five wildlife reserves.

 

New Sea Port

Vladimir Agafonov   [ 10.08.2009 ]
New Sea Port

The north-western part of Socotra is planned for construction of a new sea port. The field research works are about to be completed.

 
Socotra as a refuge for pirates

Socotra was a refuge for pirates for centuries.

 
Name of Socotra

There are many spelling variants of the name of the Island.

 
Goats have eaten Socotra

Socotra suffers great losses from goats.

 
Dragon's Blood  — ideal antiseptic

Dragon tree's resin, you can buy on the Island, has strong antiseptic and immunostimulating properties.

 
The first researcher of Socotran folk music

Guido Adler was the first one in studying Socotran folk music.

 

Dutch Squadron in Socotra

Vladimir Agafonov   [ 05.05.2009 ]
Dutch Squadron in Socotra

During World War II Socotra was used as a basis for the Dutch squadron.

 
Socotra of the East China Sea

In the central part of the East China Sea there is also Socotra Island. It is interesting to note that both Socotra islands are indirectly related to each other.

 
There were issued special postal stamps for an expedition to Socotra in 1960

For an Adenese-Socotran expedition, in 1960 there were issued special postage stamps.

 
Socotra is famous for a great number of caves

Socotra has a great number of caves some of which stretching for tens of kilometers.

 
Socotrans are excellent free divers

Socotra has been famous for pearl fishery since the earliest times. The Socotrans are excellent free divers.

 
Soviet military base has never been established in Socotra

Soviet military base has never been established in Socotra.

 
Socotra was the prototype of Prospero Island mentioned in Shakespeare's play «The Tempest»

Some theorists of literature consider Socotra to be the prototype of Prospero Island mentioned in Shakespeare's play «The Tempest».

 
Socotra was well-known in the ancient world

As far back as in Alexander of Maсedon’s times Socotra supplied a great deal of not only frankincense and myrrh, but also Dragon’s blood, which was rubbed in by gladiators before combats for quick wound healing.

 
Mystery of the origin of Socotra's name

The origin of Socotra's name is still wrapped in mystery. The Socotrans call their island Sacatri.

 
Socotran men wear skirts

Like in Yemen Socotran men wear skirts.

 
The Socotrans greet each other by touching their noses

The Socotrans greet each other by touching their noses.

 
 
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