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Collecting Nativity Scenes

Many people collect different types of Christmas decorations from ornaments to nativity sets. Many nativity sets are made in factories but reflect the art of the country. Others are made with natural materials by hand.Here is a Polynesian nativity made of Polynesian materials.

Often when you think of Nativity Scenes from Egypt, you think of olive wood.  However, these two nativity sets are carved from camel bones. 

While Egypt is a Muslim country they cater to the tourist and nativities are easily available. However, Mali in West Africa is a Muslim country where if you want a Nativity you must pay a carver to custom make it. This is a large set with many animals as part of it. My daughter has done extensive work in Mali and knew a man who was acquainted with a local carver and was able to get this set made for me.

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