Sa’afa is a typographic experimental book that focuses on Bahraini folk stories and metaphors through the colours Red, Blue and Green. The Jinn issue explores the theme of fear through ghost stories told through the colour red. The book shares the Bahraini culture to both Arabic and English readers by having it in both Arabic and English descriptions as well as the ability of it being read from both ends of the book. It focuses on typography as the main source of imagery as the story of each ghost and their characteristics is told through typography. Through this project I want to share my culture and the bizarre ghost stories carried through generations.
Sa’afa (سعفة) refers to a palm branch in Arabic; and as Bahrain is known to be “The land of a million palm trees”, I have utilised it to be the name of the publication.
Description of the ghosts:
1- ‘Bu Daryah’ (بو درياه): A ghost that shakes the ships in the sea till he drowns the passengers on the boat.
2- ‘Altantal’ (الطنطل): A tall ghost described by the blackness of his figure that appears in alleys to scare people.
3- ‘Um Alkhadhar w Alleef’(أم الخضر والليف): A female ghost with palm leaves as her arms that hits kids that go out at night.
4- ‘Um Aldeefan’ (أم الديفان): A female ghost that hits kids that wander around cluelessly; also used for someone that forgets easily.
5- ‘Um Humar’/Mother of Donkeys (أم حمار): A female ghost with donkey hooves that stomps on children that go out in the afternoon.