Somalia: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Somalia, land of ancient Egypitans, cattle raising, spelling of the capital Mogadiscio.



The Ancient Egyptians thought Somali was the Land of Punt or "God's Land." The ancients also thought it to be the home of myrrh and incense and called it Regio Aromatica. Perhaps the aromas attract locusts, for Somali was also considered to be the home of the locust which plagued Egypt in the days before the Exodus.

Seventy-five percent of the people graze herds totaling 1.4 million cattle, 2 million camels, 2.3 million sheep, and 4.1 million goats.

The capital, Mogadiscio, is also spelled Mukdisha, Magadisho, Mukdishu, Mogadisho, Mogadaxo, and Mogadischo. It is reputed to be the place Mussolini sent Italians he really wanted to be rid of.

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