In 1995 when I was socializing with the Nomadic Bedouins of Southern Jordan, I was particularly intrigued by one of the mythological stories related by the bedouins around the campfire. The story of the harmala plant concerned a variety of animals and birds endowed with the powers of reason and speech. It revolved primarily around a plant called Harmala, and how this shrub used to be an evil woman whose magic backfired on her. My fascination with the story led me to investigate, the history of the Harmala plant used in medical practice as well as spiritual rite.
Later in the spring of 1996 while while I was investigating the Harmla plant and it properties i was specially rewarded when i found out that the Bedouin Shaman of the Ammarin tribes of the Petra area were using Harmla seeds burnt with certain incense 'gum-resins' used for curing people possessed by the jinn, a treatment that often includes the beating of drums and the recitation of Koranic verses.
The techniques was taught by an Ammarin elder who lived in the early nineteenth century. A man that held many sacred keys and certain ancient knowledge in relation to the spirit of the lands he dwelt in. In the summer of 1996 i was able to reveal the secrets or the ''spiritual Science'' behind some of the Shamanic techniques and tools that he was using.
Upon the search for the bedouins mysteries I felt many similarities between bedouin's beliefs and the biblical beliefs and life style as related to us in the stories of Abraham and his grandsons. I was also encountering many tales and mythological stories of ''Solayman ben Dau'd'' or ''Solomon son of David'', then i realized that the bedouins holds many keys for unlocking many biblical mysteries that the western mind is unable to unlock of many biblical mystical symbols, stories and hidden knowledge.
In 2001 I setup a Bedouin Ethnography Museum with photographs of the Ammarin tribe at their Bedouin camp.  It contains a collection of healing stones, local wild herbs,different incenses that have been used by the Ammarins shamans for healing and for making different remedies and for other shamanic practices.
Rami Sajdi
About me:
  1. 1.Rami Sajdi (Dec 21, 1959) has been documenting the nomadic Bedouin life for more than 15 years in southern Jordan. Rami is self-acclaimed Anthropologist and Ethnobotanist. He is noted for his speculations on the effect of certain alkoloidal plant used in religious rites by the early inhabitance of the Arabian Peninsula in the past.
  2. 2.In 2005 he was an active committee member for proclaiming the region of Petra and Wadi Rum as cultural space for the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. He has held many photography exhibitions portraying Bedouin life and the wild beauty of southern Jordan.
  3. 3.He is the author of Land of the Noble Shepherds and Rhythms of Petra.
  4. 4.Rami’s studies of certain Spirit Desert Plants and the understanding of the DMT molecule effect on the brain provided him with a deep understanding of an ancient spiritual science.
Notes about my work:
  1. My work contribute to the field of cultural and natural heritage of humanity in documenting the living heritage of the nomadic shepherds today in southern Jordan,  a heritage that is also part the biblical tradition.  
  2. In my research I documented the use of the Harmla plant use by some bedouin shamans, a fact that made Benny Shanon conclude and put forth his  controversial theory that the patriarch Moses was under the influence of hallucinogens when he received the law.  Benny Shanon is a professor of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author of the 2002 book Antipodes of the Mind.
  3. My work has been inspired by Terence McKenna's books which revolved around the subject of alkoloids and their role in society, my work is a continuation for his subject in many ways. Terence did not research the region of the middle east in his work a subject that I feel I am doing.
  4. Many of the sources used in my work are from arabic books that have not been translated in English.
The out side of the ethnography museum at the Ammarin camp in Beidha 10 kilometers north of Petra.