A Muslim Woman Worth Her Salt

So I never really envisioned this being a topic worth mentioning on MMW.  However, for reasons that will become clear in a minute (or already, for most of you, given the photo attached to this post), it has become unexpectedly relevant to tell you that my family has an impressively (or embarrassingly, depending on who you ask) large collection of salt and pepper shakers – the more ridiculous and tacky, the better.  It started a long time ago with salt and pepper shakers shaped like very ugly turkeys.  Over the years, the collection has grown, and even more so as friends have seen the existing collection, and then have added their own finds.  We’ve got salt and pepper shakers shaped like alligators, police cars, Minnie Mouse’s bow and shoe, ants, kangaroos, a Coke machine, various types of birds, outhouses, frogs, lobsters, and oh so many more.

So it is perhaps fitting that when my lovely friend Tabassum was flying through Dubai recently, she thought of us when she saw these:

The latest additions to the collection...

And, well, yeah, they’re so ridiculous that I’m not sure I actually have anything to say about them, so I apologise for the lack of actual content here, but just thought they deserved an appearance on MMW for being so weird.  Some questions that come to mind:

  • What’s with their arms?  Are they praying?  If so, would that make them more bizarre, or less?
  • Who buys them?  Do people actually use them?  Is there anyone, ever, who has purchased these as a serious souvenir?
  • If the man is dressed in white and the woman in black, why is he pepper while she is salt?
  • Who ever decided that it would be a good idea to make these?  Do people get paid money to design stuff like this???
  • Could I have possibly come up with a cheesier headline for this post?

And so on.  If any of you have suggested captions or additional philosophical questions provoked by these salt and pepper shakers, I’m all ears…

  • Tabassum

    I am not sure if anyone other than me buys these but the store had hundreds and hundreds of them. It just seemed so wrong that I absolutely had to get one set.

  • Kate

    If you can believe it, these are some of the more tasteful ones that I’ve seen. These are sold in souks and touristy shops here in Doha. They are also available at the airport! I have wondered the same things as you, I have yet to notice the salt-pepper switcheroo. I am flying this weekend and will check on that here.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mmw/ Krista

      Yeah, it was at the Dubai airport that my friend got these ones. Please do keep us posted on the ones that you see this weekend :)

  • Darcy

    LOL! This post just made my day. I lived in the UAE last year, and I passed by these odd chotchkies several times, and so many of your aforementioned comments used to ring through my head as I strolled past these very strange items!

  • Ayeshter

    Women are the salt of the earth???

  • Ash

    If the woman’s worth her salt, the guy’s just peppery, isn’t he?

  • Rahat Kurd

    …given that these figures do look as though they are in prayer position, what are we supposed to understand from the oddly suggestive placement of the letter marks?

  • http://blog.muslimawalkingaround.com/ Eren Arruna Cervantes

    I really liked your post Krista! It is hilarious. And yeah…. those things are ugly. I was also thrown by the lady being the salt and the guy the pepper… if I saw those things in a restaurant I would think the opposite due to the color…. Perhaps someone wanted to make a point about women being too salty for “his” taste :P

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mmw/ Krista

    Excellent contributions, everyone! Keep them coming!

  • Annarose

    If you don’t like them, definitely send them my way!

  • anneke

    Second the suggestive placement of the letters… Can’t get over the placement of the p… Dirty mind :D

    Love them for all their ugliness…. Can I place an order somewhere?