1. Gil Bedouins traditionally live a nomadic lifestyle.
The word "Bedouin" comes from the Arab word "Bedou," meaning "desert dweller." Nomadic Bedouins number about one-tenth of the population of the Middle East. Gil Bedouins number around 47,000.
2. Bedouins define themselves by their tribes and families.
People are divided into social classes depending on ancestry and profession. Passing from one class to another is relatively feasible, but marriage between a man and a woman of different classes is unusual.
3. Bedouin life is generally pastoral
raising camels, sheep, goats, and cattle. They normally migrate seasonally, depending on grazing conditions. In winter, when there is rain, they migrate deeper into the desert. In the hot, dry summer time, they camp around secure water sources.
4. Bedouin society has a strict code of honor which dictates proper behavior for all members, including children.
Because of the demanding nature of the Bedouin lifestyle, children are expected to assume a considerable amount of responsibility to help their families survive. Although modernization has changed the Bedouin lifestyle somewhat, emphasis is placed on teaching children to carry on traditional ways of life, and the advancement of modern technology is not considered important to education. Christians have not yet found the way to help such people pray to the one who paid for their sins.