Friday, October 30, 2009

Why the Moors Conquered Spain

I've been trying to find the time to finish my post on the brutal conquest of the new world by the Spaniards. All that I’ve read before leads me to believe that the Moors conquest of Spain was more about the women that they fell in love with than the land or the Gold. Conversely, the women of Spain seemed to take readily to the new men that showed up upon the new shores. The men were educated, and sophisticated, they wouldn’t let anyone push them around. Remember that they chopped up and boiled their enemies in cauldrons. Some of them were a little greedy and selfish though. Remember Mohammad I, he built the Palace of Madina Ashara, and stocked his Harem with 6,000 Spanish women?

I watched a story on TV one time, where they were interviewing a group of Muslim girls, and they were giggling about how great it would be to be one of Osama bin Laden’s wives. I was shocked, that any woman would want to be anywhere near that man. Then I realized that women have always been attracted to wealth and power. The Spanish women must have been attracted to the new conquerers of the old world, just as they are today.

I have always been curious about the reasons for conquest of new lands. It always seems to me that the conquest was as much about the women as it was about wealth. The conquerors always took home the women that they found, or took over the women of the new lands that they settled. The men were usually killed or vanquished. That’s kinda’ fair. To the victor go the spoils.
I know that everyone today thinks that the American Indian women were taken as wives against their will, but the stories that I heard as a young man said otherwise. I know that many women were taken as wives without their permission, but few ran away after they got used to living indoors and eating well. Many Indian women desired to marry the new settlers. As I’ve said before, I’m sure that that didn’t settle well with the Indian men, But life has been much the same throughout history.

I was searching the internet to find an example of a Spanish woman to drive my cousin “Oregon” crazy. Because he claims that it only takes one woman to drive him crazy. I figger the following video of a Spanish Girl singing Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” Should do it. Her name is “Alizee”.

Turn your sound on, Turn it way up, and you bass way down low, Then try to imagine what the hell Mohammad I would want with more than one Spanish women!

14 comments:

Ernie Branscomb said...

Okay, Okay.... This was more for the men that read this blog than the women. But, don't you feel sorry for those men out there that only have dail-up speed, no speakers, and little itsy-bitsy screens?

Anonymous said...

I still prefer Shakira's ass.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Opps!... I just found out that she's French. No wonder the french drove the Moors away.

Anonymous said...

Can you wiggle like that Ernie...I think Rotary could use some new entertainment.

Ernie Branscomb said...

well... Back when my wife used to be able to wiggle like that I could!

Anonymous said...

Any home video evidence?

Anonymous said...

Well I have to admit that sometimes just thinking about women drive me crazy. I could be persueded to meet the right kind of girl. You know, single, good lookin' and rich. However at this time, my life is so uncomplicated and I'm getting used to it.

Oregon

Ben said...

OK Ernie... This girl is mighty cute but I see gals that good looking at Chautaqua every day. Can she sing? Uh well shes OK. Now check out Mariza the Portugese fado singer who is an international sensation. No sexy outfit there but a voice that is unforgettable and mets the heart even if you don't know what the hell she's singing about. Try Mariza on U-Tube. Talk about Moorish influence she is from Mozambique.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Here is a link to Mariza.
Mariza sings "Mue Fado Meu". For Ben

Ben said...

Thanks, Ernie... Mariza often sings concert hall gigs without a mike. I am craaaazy about her.

Robin Shelley said...

Sometimes there's just no understanding some people's taste but, Ernie... I'm thinking that Muhammad must be one helluva guy!

Carson Park Ranger said...

I've enjoyed these posts. Muslim Spain was, as you might imagine, a complex place. The first "fundamentalist" insurrection took place in the eleventh or twelfth century, when Berbers (who were the infantry for the Caliphate) rose up in southern iberia against the "soft" liberal leaders from Baghdad. The Sarah Palins of the time resided in Marrakesh, and sent word to disgruntled Berber troops in Spain that their honor was at stake as they toiled under a Caliphate that tolerated Christian farmers and Jewish bureaucrats and economists.

spyrock said...

thanks ben for talking about mariza. i've got 2 cds and the story of fado so far. her local concerts are pretty much sold out. up to $200 a ticket. but i can see why. my neighbor is Portuguese so im just blasting it

K at the bookstore said...

So, Ben (thank you) turned me on to Mariza; she is wonderful.
You all might also enjoy Yasmin Levy. She is from Israel but sings in Ladino, which is old timey Spanish, I gather. And her voice will break your heart.
Search her on Youtube. She is amazing.